PvdA investigates MP's "job on the side"

5th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

5 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Labour Party (PvdA) is investigating whether MP Khadija Arib's advisory work in Morocco conflicts with her work for the party in Parliament. Arib is part of a working group which advises the Human Rights Council in Morocco on migration issues. The working group is independent, but does inform King Mohammed VI of its recommendations.

5 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Labour Party (PvdA) is investigating whether MP Khadija Arib's advisory work in Morocco conflicts with her work for the party in Parliament. Arib is part of a working group which advises the Human Rights Council in Morocco on migration issues. The working group is independent, but does inform King Mohammed VI of its recommendations.

Arib expects that she will be able to continue her work for both the committee and Parliament. "I would be very unhappy if the outcome of the investigation dictates that I may no longer do this work…The PvdA has always supported efforts towards making the world more democratic," Arib said on Monday in the Algemeen Dagblad.

She does not expect the faction leadership to "give in to the witch hunt which is going on now."

Arib's comments are aimed at the actions of faction leader Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party (PVV) last week. During the debate on the government policy statement Wilders submitted a motion of no-confidence against PvdA state secretaries Nebahat Albayrak and Ahmed Aboutaleb, both dual nationals. Wilders says holding two nationalities can lead to a "conflict of interests."

The PvdA denies that the investigation into Arib's advisory work has anything to do with Wilders' action last week. MPs side-jobs are always reviewed by the party.

Wilders wants clarification in Parliament on Thursday from Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen. He thinks the government should summon the Moroccan ambassador in the Netherlands to ask about Arib's advisory function.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

0 Comments To This Article