Two-thirds of CDA voters want Mauro to stay

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Nearly two-thirds 70 percent of the CDA electorate want young Angolan asylum seeker Mauro Manuel 18 to receive a residence permit.

These figures were published on Thursday by pollster Maurice de Hond who conducted a survey among 1,200 people. Thirty-six percent of Freedom Party voters believe Mauro should be allowed to stay compared to 41 percent of the VVD electorate.

The CDA parliamentary party announced on Thursday that it would back Immigration and Asylum Minister Gerd Leers’ decision not to give Mauro a residence permit.

The announcement was made after an extra meeting of CDA MPs ahead of a parliamentary vote on the issue. The vote was scheduled for Thursday at the request of the CDA parliamentary party which said it wanted to provide clarity to Mauro as soon as possible.

However, opposition parties Labour Party, Green Left Party and the democrat party D66 said the real reason was that the CDA MPs wanted to settle the issue before Saturday’s party congress where the subject of Mauro’s fate is sure to be discussed extensively.

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