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31. The Netherlands: Demands for sacking two ministers of Islamic origin because of their dual citizenship

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31. The Netherlands: Demands for sacking two ministers of Islamic origin because of their dual citizenship
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2007
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8
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31
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p. 13
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26-02-2007
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‘Abd Allah Mustafá
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In an unprecedented event throughout the history of The Netherlands a far-right party will propose blocking ministerial appointments of two Muslim ministers on the ground of holding dual citizenship, in the parliament during the presentation of new Dutch government’s work program.

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In an unprecedented event throughout the history of The Netherlands, far-right Dutch Party for freedom leader Geert Wilders will propose blocking ministerial appointments of two Muslim ministers on the ground of holding dual citizenship, in the parliament during the presentation of new Dutch government’s work program next Thursday. [For more information on Geert Wilders see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geert_Wilders]

Aḥmad Abū Ṭālib, who holds Moroccan citizenship, has been named minister for social affairs, while Turkish woman Nibhāt al-Bayraq has taken charge of the State Minister for Justice.

Wilders said in previous statement that the two ministers should resign for holding dual citizenship and that their presence within the government is unacceptable.

Abū Ṭālib said to the media yesterday that these people have the right to submit such a matter and that he knows that the blocking of appointments happens only if the minister commits mistakes.

Abū Ṭālib asserted while lifting his Dutch passport to the cameras that he is a Dutch citizen and has never used his Moroccan passport. He also said that he has lived in The Netherlands for 20 years, and it is inconceivable to doubt his affiliation and loyalty to the country

Vice-Prime Minister André Rouvoet denounced the proposal, saying that he does not have a decent word to describe such an act.

It is noteworthy this is the first time in the history of Dutch Parliament where a member requests to block the appointment of a minister despite the lack of any support for the proposal from the other parties.

[Reviewer: The same issue was mentioned in al-Miṣrī al-Yawm dated February 26 and al-Ḥayāt dated February 22]

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