PvdA: MP may continue work in Morocco

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7 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Labour PvdA MP Khadija Arib may continue her advisory work for the Human Rights Council in Morocco.

7 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Labour PvdA MP Khadija Arib may continue her advisory work for the Human Rights Council in Morocco.

PvdA faction leader Jacques Tichelaar assumes this will be the conclusion drawn after the investigation into Arib's "side job" as member of a committee in Morocco.

Tichelaar said on the television programme Pauw & Witteman on Tuesday evening that the investigation is almost complete. "I assume that she will be able to continue participating on the committee." The Liberal VVD and Freedom Party PVV want an emergency debate on Arib's advisory activities. These parties do not think her work on the committee is compatible with her duty as MP.

VVD faction leader Mark Rutte said on the same programme that he still plans to insist on an emergency debate. The PvdA investigation into Arib's work for the committee is still underway, he said. Moreover he did not think the PvdA MP gave clear answers when asked about the details of her other work.

Arib's advisory work turned out to be a sensitive topic last weekend after the heated discussion on dual nationality. Arib also holds dual Dutch-Moroccan nationality.

PVV leader Geert Wilders says that dual nationality endangers loyalty to the Netherlands, a fact he says which is once again confirmed by Arib's advisory work. Wilders worries that the committee on which Arib serves is there in fact to advise the Moroccan government on how to fasten its grip on the Moroccans in the Netherlands.

PvdA party leader Wouter Bos said earlier in the evening on the current affairs programme Netwerk that Arib's loyalty was not in question. If he himself were to serve on that committee, no one would bat an eyelid he said. "I still have the feeling that she is being held to a higher standard."

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