Monday, March 12, 2007

Balancing Block Votes

The Amsterdam Labour Party (Dutch) has found a replacement for Aboutaleb, the Muslim Amsterdam Alderman. Aboutaleb moved on to become a deputy minister two weeks ago. The appointment was controversial because of his dual nationality and has created waves in public opinion and Parliament.

The new alderman is Hennah Buyne, a judge. She will become Alderman for employment, income, education and youth. Hennah is from Surinam, a former colonial possession in the Caribbean, on the South American continent.

The Labour Party (Dutch) had specifically been looking for a Non-Western candidate for the job, in order to improve the connections of Labour to this important voting base in Amsterdam. It had been expected that the position would go to a Muslim.

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