Veteran Christian Democrat to head senate

3rd October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Christian Democrat senator René van der Linden is almost certain to be elected the next senate chairman. He is the only candidate for the post which will be voted on in The Hague next week.

The Netherlands - Christian Democrat senator René van der Linden is almost certain to be elected the next senate chairman. He is the only candidate for the post which will be voted on in The Hague next week.

The incumbent, fellow Christian Democrat Yvonne Timmerman-Buck, is stepping down because of her appointment to the Council of State, the Dutch government's highest advisory body.

Van der Linden, who is 66, has been a senator for the past ten years and was also chairman of the parliament of the Council of Europe. Before that he had been an MP for two decades.

In 1988 Van der Linden was forced to resign as Deputy Foreign Minister when his department proved unable to develop a fraud-resistent passport.

He accepted political responsibility, although the flawed passport project had been initiated by his predecessor.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

 

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