Netherlands: Chairman of Muslim Party to go into municipal council

Netherlands: Chairman of Muslim Party to go into municipal council

At the end of January Henny Kreeft will going back into politics in the municipality of Noordoostpolder in the Netherlands. As Fractie Kreeft (Kreeft fraction) he will occupy the place of the deceased Evert van de Belt.

According to the election law, Kreeft has the first right to take over Van de Belt's place. And he says he will indeed do so.

This is a disappointment for ONS Noordoostpolder, the party which Kreeft represented in the municipal council from March 2006 to November 2007. This party originated from LPF (List Pim Fortuyn). Disagreement in the part led to his departure then and ONS dropped Kreeft as a member. Van De Belt also left the party at that time.

Shortly afterward Kreeft signed up to the Dutch Muslim Party and is now its chairman. Kreeft grew up Catholic, but converted to Islam in the early 90s, finding there the answers he was looking for.

In his capacity as chairman he is busy making the party's program. According to Kraft he will also stand up for Muslims in Noordoostpolder, but particularly for the socially weak and the youth.

In the past he said that the aim was to prepare the party for the municipal elections of 2010, and afterward the provincial and national politics.

Sources: De Stentor 1, 2 ; Omroep Flevoland (Dutch)

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