Wilders: PVV councillor needs to get rid of double nationality

10th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Freedom Party PVV leader Geert Wilders says he assumes a woman recently elected to the Gelderland pronvincial council for the party will get rid of her double nationality as soon as possible.

Petra Kouwenberg holds both Dutch and Turkish nationality, but according to Geert Wilders, he did not know she also had Turkish nationality until very recently. The party leader said Ms Kouwenberg is eager to get rid of her Turkish nationality and to this end will visit the Turkish embassy on Friday.

The issue of Ms Kouwenberg's double nationality is an embarrasment to the PVV. In parliament, the party has consistently villified politicians holding double nationality, claiming this could lead to a conflict of interest.

Last year, Mr Wilders submitted a proposal intended to force Deputy Health Minister Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten to renounce her Swedish nationality. And three years ago, he argued for a vote of no confidence against Labour Party deputy ministers Nebahat Albayrak and Ahmed Aboutaleb, because they held double nationality Dutch-Turkish and Dutch-Moroccan.  

It is not clear how Ms Kouwenberg  - who has refused to comment on the situation - obtained Turkish nationality.


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