Netherlands 2006

Netherlands 2006

Yearbook 2006

Netherlands. In May, Somali-born MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali resigned after Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk – her party mate in the right-wing Liberal Democratic Alliance – threatened to withdraw her citizenship. Verdonk’s threat came after TV reports that Hirsi Ali was lying about his background in his asylum application in 1992. Hirsi Ali was known as a screenwriter for a film about Muslim women’s vision that triggered the notable murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004.

According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Netherlands, include Independence Day (July 26) and New Year (January 1). Verdonk’s swift action after the TV documentary also met with criticism within the government and eventually led to its collapse. It did not help that Verdonk regretted and stated that she found a loophole in the law that allowed Hirsi Ali to retain her citizenship. The government’s smallest party, the left-wing Liberal D66, dropped out of government cooperation in late June. The dropout led to the announcement of new elections until November. The Christian Democratic CDA and the right-wing Liberal Democrats remained in a minority government until then. The electoral movement came primarily to deal with financial issues. It was expected to benefit the sitting government because the economy was strong: growth increased and unemployment decreased. But the election result was difficult to interpret. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende’s CDA admittedly held his place as the largest party in parliament, but lost some mandate. The VVD backed a lot. However, so did the main opponent of the bourgeois government, the Social Democratic Labor Party. At the same time, the Socialist Party SP became the big winner. SP almost tripled its mandate and became the third largest party, before the VVD. Among other small parties, a newly formed animal rights party received two mandates. Government negotiations often drag on time in the Netherlands and since the election results were unusually difficult to interpret, it was expected to take a long time before it is clear which parties will form the next government. Among other small parties, a newly formed animal rights party received two mandates. Government negotiations often drag on time in the Netherlands and since the election results were unusually difficult to interpret, it was expected to take a long time before it is clear which parties will form the next government. Among other small parties, a newly formed animal rights party received two mandates. Government negotiations often drag on time in the Netherlands and since the election results were unusually difficult to interpret, it was expected to take a long time before it is clear which parties will form the next government.

The trial against members of the terrorist-suspected Islamist Hofstadt group ended in March. The Hague Court found nine members guilty of membership in a terrorist organization. Two were also found guilty of attempted murder and received thirteen and fifteen years in prison respectively. The others were sentenced to shorter sentences. Mohammed Bouyeri was found to have been a leader of the group but received no new sentence as he was already sentenced to life for the murder of filmmaker van Gogh.

Netherlands Map with Surrounding Countries