Newcomers get edge over D66 MPs

30th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Newcomers occupy places from two to four on the draft candidate list for the Democrat D66 party.

30 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Newcomers occupy places from two to four on the draft candidate list for the Democrat D66 party.

Party leader Alexander Pechtold is in first place on the list for the election in November. But MPs Bert Bakker and Boris van der Ham have been relegated to fifth and sixth place.

Bakker and Van Ham are the only members of the D66 parliamentary party willing to seek re-election.

Ageeth Telleman, chairman of the Amsterdam branch of D66, has been given the number 2 spot, followed by other newcomers Kajsa Ollongren and Mark Sanders. Ollongren is a top official in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Sanders, a member of D66's executive, works for the Max Planck Institute.

D66 currently has six MPs but a recent poll indicated its numbers may be cut to two in the general election in November.

The party has been struggling with its identity for several years, and Pechtold is the latest in a line of leaders to have pledged a new beginning.

Four of the parties MPs have announced they will not contest the election. They include former leaders Boris Dittrich and Lousewies van der Laan. Anther former leader, Thom de Graaf, will not be a candidate either.

The candidate list is based on suggestions from a special commission to the rank-and-file. Insiders within D66 expect Bakker and Van Ham will ultimately receive higher rankings. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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