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Several MPs will refuse to swear oath of allegiance to new king

Friday 15 February 2013

At least two MPs from the Socialist Party have said they will not swear allegiance to King Willem-Alexander at his investiture in April because they are republicans.

Sadet Karabulut and Farshad Bashir say they already swore an oath when they became MPs and will not attend the ceremony on April 30 to go through the process again.

Willem-Alexander will be inaugurated as king in front of all the members of the upper and lower houses of parliament. During the ceremony, all 225 parliamentarians take it turns to say: 'I swear to maintain your inviolability and the rights of your kingship.'


According to Nos television, a number of other SP politicians are considering avoiding the ceremony, as are the two MPs for the animal rights PvdD.

They are said to be consulting legal experts about what the 'rights of kingship' mean. If this means the king can hunt animals, then they too will boycott the ceremony.

Nos says there are no consquences attached to any refusal to swear the oath and the inauguration will continue as normal.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

People should be more flexible. Having a queen or king who love her/his own people is many times better than a pm or president who does not.

By ufo | 15 February 2013 9:22 AM

I applaud the MP's who stand for democracy and the rights of citizens above an unelected, non-egalitarian archaic heredity monarchy.

Why should democratically elected politicians, or citizens, be subject to the inviolability of a biological happenstance that awards power and privileges because a random sperm and egg encounter?

Unfortunately, I'll never get to vote for them because I refuse to become an inviolable obedient subject of a queen/king, though I am still required to hand over my tax money to them. Let the people who like/need them pay for them, and leave them out of government, politics, and more importantly, the public purse.

By Quest | 15 February 2013 3:46 PM

@ufo, I would be more flexible if the party wasn't on us,.... The queen has barely any political role at all except when for instance she does a speech about how we should all make sacrifices in time of crisis while she's wearing a dress that is worth probably more than my year salary. Basically all what the royal family does is ordering top shelve liquors while we are left saving change for a beer, you call that loving ? I would tend to describe it as scaming,... I guess I am not flexible on this matter

By JulesC | 16 February 2013 10:54 AM

There are trouble makers everywhere, some politicians are like gobbling turkeys on a farm.

By Mavis F | 17 February 2013 8:53 AM

Viva republicans! No need for unelected, hereditary kings and queens to rule over the rest of us. If anyone wants an overlord, let him pay for the overlord from his own pocket and keep it to himself. Don't tax the rest of us.

By Sekar Swaminathan | 17 February 2013 1:43 PM

The ascent of the Prince of Orange to the throne is not the forum for debate on the future of the monarchy. The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy. Therefore, all MP's ought to swear their allegiance to The King or be asked to give up their seats. No exceptions.

By Der Kaiser | 17 February 2013 9:24 PM

Give thanks that you live in a country where you have that choice to criticize your leadership. If you were in Zimbabwe or some other ramshackle republic you would have been arrested by now for expressing such criticism. Even in the USA the intelligence agencies would probably have mounted a file on you by now. Constitutional monarchy guards against excesses of government and its citizens are more free as a result. Don't smash what is working well.

By Bruce Irwin | 18 February 2013 8:22 AM

@Bruce, I don't buy that people should be grateful and accept being ruled over by someone who even has the right to jail them for excercizing free speech with Lèse-majesté laws -- just like Zimbababwe! I don't think you will find the US intelligence agency spending too much time of trivialities like this. How exactly does a constitutional monarchy guard against the excesses of government by being an excess? That's quite an oxymoron. One would hope the constitution was good enough to do that but I guess most Dutch folks must not trust their constitution. Personally, I can't think of any aspect of any monarchy that is working well, with the exception of funding tabloid publishers.

By Quest | 18 February 2013 4:57 PM

In many South American republics, or even in Europe we have elected presidents who are extremely corrupted. Like Chavez, Correa, Mrs Kirchner, Putin and Berlusconi. Many of these republics the social differences are more dangerous than those which may exist within monarchies. God bless The Netherlands and the future King Willem

By Luis v Wetzler | 19 February 2013 2:01 AM

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