Hirsi Ali: emergency debate in parliament

16th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch parliament hastily arranged an emergency debate for Tuesday afternoon to cast light on the decision by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk that MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali was never a Dutch citizen.

16 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch parliament hastily arranged an emergency debate for Tuesday afternoon to cast light on the decision by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk that MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali was never a Dutch citizen.

The debate at 4.30pm was sought by the green-left party GroenLinks, but MPs of all parties had a list of questions for Verdonk.

Verdonk announced on Monday that Hirsi Ali, who has become famous as a critic of Islam, never attained the status of a naturalised Dutch citizen in 1997 because she had lied to get asylum five years before. Both Verdonk and Hirsi Ali are members of the Liberal Party (VVD).

Criticism of Verdonk, even within the VVD, mounted on Tuesday as anger was expressed at the way Hirsi Ali had been treated.

VVD parliamentary party leader Willibrord van Beek tried not to be drawn into attacking Verdonk's decision directly, but he said all the VVD MPs "stand behind" Hirsi Ali.

Frits Wester, the political commentator for RTL News, speculated on the possibility disaffected Liberal MPs might support, or at least not vote against, a motion of no confidence in Verdonk, should one be tabled.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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