Rosenthal tipped to replace outspoken minister

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10 June 2004, AMSTERDAM — Senator Uri Rosenthal of the Liberal VVD party has been tipped as the most likely successor to junior minister Annette Nijs who was forced to resign Wednesday after publicly criticising her boss.

10 June 2004

AMSTERDAM — Senator Uri Rosenthal of the Liberal VVD party has been tipped as the most likely successor to junior minister Annette Nijs who was forced to resign Wednesday after publicly criticising her boss.

Uri Rosenthal: tipped for post

Political sources in The Hague have indicated to journalists that Rosenthal, 59, a professor of public administration at Leiden University, is the front-runner for the post of State Security at the Ministry for Education.

A member of the Dutch upper house of Parliament, or Senate, since 1999, Rosenthal is knowledgeable about higher education, a key policy area for the junior education minister.

News website nu.nl also noted his experience with crisis management techniques could prove very useful at the Education Ministry, a department known for its problems.

Nijs, also a member of the VVD, ran into trouble earlier this week when current affairs magazine Nieuwe Revu published an interview with her in which she criticised her boss, Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven.

She said Van der Hoeven did not trust her and withheld information from her.

Politicians from both the government parties and the opposition were very critical of her. She survived the humiliation of a vote of no confidence after a mauling in Parliament on Tuesday; only announce her resignation to Wednesday.

It emerged the leadership of her own party told her she should step down.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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