Verdonk wants to remain in politics after election
11 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk wants to become a member of parliament if the Liberal Party (VVD) is not part of the next coalition government.
11 November 2005
AMSTERDAM — Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk wants to become a member of parliament if the Liberal Party (VVD) is not part of the next coalition government.
Verdonk would prefer a different ministerial position if her party does return to power after the general election in 2007, she said in an interview with 'Mzine', a magazine for Moroccans in the Netherlands.
The minister refused to say what her preferred portfolio would be. But she emphasised that she wants to remain active in politics regardless of the outcome of the election.
Her non-compromising approach to illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers has made her one of the most controversial and high-profile members of the centre-right coalition government.
In October her Liberal party colleague Saskia Dekker suggested Verdonk would be the ideal candidate to lead the party into the next election. Verdonk indicated she had absolutely no ambition in this direction "at this moment".
Underlining her abrasive relationship with the media and sections of the non-native Dutch community, Verdonk refused to give her stamp of approval to the article written by 'Mzine'.
Her spokesperson said the article was a negative account of the "pleasant talk" she had with the reporter during the interview.
'Mzine' insisted the article is accurate and the editor expressed regret at Verdonk's reaction. The article is published in Friday's edition of the magazine.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news