PvdA 'is not just about Wouter Bos'
22 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Labour PvdA party presented its candidate list for the 22 November national elections on Friday.
22 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Labour PvdA party presented its candidate list for the 22 November national elections on Friday.
Besides the sitting MPs, a further 509 candidates were nominated and the chairwoman of the candidate commission, Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven, had to make some tough choices to trim the list.
The result, presented in Den Bosch on Friday, pleased party leader Wouter Bos. "No one can still say that the PvdA is only Wouter Bos," he said.
Bos said the candidates were people who wanted to build "a better and more social" country.
Besides local political experience, Bos said the list includes people from various social groups the party wants to work with, such as unions and immigrant organisations.
Besides Bos, the top three candidates are present MPs Nebahat Albayrak and Aleid Wolfsen, who is considered a possible successor to Bos if he is appointed prime minister after the election.
The number four was Jet Bussemaker (MP) and at number five, trade union federation FNV director Ton Heerts is the highest-ranked newcomer.
Other newcomers in the top 20 are Groningen City Council public servant Marianne Besselink (10), public servant Attje Kuiken (12), former Utrecht alderman Hans Spekman (17) and medical ethicist Chantal Gillárd (20).
Some MPs slid down the list, such as Frank Heemskerk (37), Marjo van Dijken (38), Co Verdaas (39), Anja Timmer (40), Jan Boelhouwer (41), Niesco Dubbelboer (43) and Khadija Arib (44).
MPs such as Joanneke Kruijsen, Peter Meijer, José Smits, Piet Straub, Hanneke Stuurman, Varina Tjon-A-Ten and Hans Wagner are no longer on the list at all.
The same applies to Klaas de Vries, Ella Kalsbeek and Saskia Noorman-Den Uyl, but they had earlier indicated they were not seeking another term in Parliament.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news