Ex-Socialist MP ponders life on the outside

3rd February 2004, Comments 0 comments

3 February 2004, AMSTERDAM — Disgruntled MP Ali Lazrak was expelled from the Socialist Party (SP) parliamentary faction on Monday night, but it is not yet certain whether he will remain in the Dutch Parliament as an independent.

3 February 2004

AMSTERDAM — Disgruntled MP Ali Lazrak was expelled from the Socialist Party (SP) parliamentary faction on Monday night, but it is not yet certain whether he will remain in the Dutch Parliament as an independent.

Lazrak said on Tuesday he will discuss the matter with the chairman of the Lower House of Parliament, Frans Weisglas, and several other people before making a decision about his immediate future, news agency ANP reported.

But Weisglas has publicly made clear what his advice to Lazrak will be, confirming on Tuesday that he believes there have been too many party splits in recent years and that he is not in favour of a new one-man party.

He also said that Lazrak was elected as an MP on an SP ticket, but said he is constitutionally allowed to remain in parliament, an NOS news report said.

The populist LPF was made infamous in 2002 for its party splits as several MPs broke off from the debut party of assassinated anti-immigrant politician Pim Fortuyn to remain as independents or very minor parties in the Lower House. They have not been represented in the new parliament since the January 2003 election.

The SP council decided on Monday to expel Lazrak after an ongoing dispute with Lazrak, who has not appeared in Parliament in recent months. Lazrak had refused to donate his salary to the party — a Socialist Party custom — and the MP also directed harsh criticism at party leader Marijnissen.

The MP also attracted the wrath of his party after he resigned from the parliamentary commission set up to investigate government integration policy. The move was noteworthy, considering the SP had requested such a commission be established.

And after Lazrak's expulsion from the parliamentary faction on Monday, Marijnissen said the "chance of restored faith was nil". He blamed the party split completely on the ousted MP, claiming that he had created a "self-chosen isolation".

For his part, Lazrak has since said he is disappointed in his party: "I am not sad for myself, but I am sad for the SP". He also said he was disappointed that Marijnissen and the SP had been unable to stand up to criticism.

Meanwhile, Marijnissen hopes that Lazrak will give his seat back to the party and has threatened to expel him totally if he refuses.

But Lazrak said he did not intend to relinquish his seat and the lone-man MP also denied allegations he was stealing a parliamentary seat.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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