Leefbaar's Teeven to run for Liberals
29 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Prosecutor Fred Teeven returns to politics with a fifth place position on the Liberal Party's list of candidates for the general election in November.
29 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — Prosecutor Fred Teeven returns to politics with a fifth place position on the Liberal Party's list of candidates for the general election in November.
Teeven took over as leader of the Leefbaar Nederland (LN) party in 2002 when Pim Fortuyn was sacked shortly before the election in that year. The crime fighter became one of LN's two MPs but they lost their seats in the election in January 2003.
The Liberal Party (VVD), which wants to present a renewed face to the electorate, planned to unveil its draft list of candidates on Wednesday. But RTL Nieuws got a copy of it in advance.
The top three candidates are no surprise. Leader Mark Rutte is in the number one spot, followed by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk and Defence Minister Henk Kamp.
Political unknown Brigitte van der Burg is in fourth place. She is a business woman but little else is known about her. Teeven, who rejoined the VVD in 2005 after LN imploded, is in fifth place. Another newcomer is historian Arend-Jan Boekestijn in 15th place, while journalist Ton Elias is assured a place between 20 and 30.
Not everyone was as lucky. MP Jelleke Veenendaal, who ran an optimistic campaign for the leadership against Rutte and Verdonk, is 35th on the list. The party won 27 seats in the 2003 election and will do well to get 30 to 35 this time around.
Newcomer Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, chairman of financial regulator AFM, announced his withdrawal as a candidate because he is not happy with the 10th place he received.
MP Eske van Egerschot is also considering withdrawing because she is in 38th place on the list. She said in a statement that the renewal process within the party has been successful, and after 2 years hard work as a parliamentarian she expected a higher placing.
Former MP Anton van Schijndel is another possible casualty. He said he is considering dropping out not because of his 39th place ranking but because the election manifesto is too focused on economic subjects.
The rank and file of the party will have their say between 8 and 18 September about the draft list and the final choice will be made at a party conference on 29 September.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news