The Labour party is furious at comments made by Socialist Party leader Jan Marijnissen at the weekend that Labour junior ministers Ahmed Aboutaleb and Nebahat Albayrak would be setting a good example if they gave up their dual nationality and chose to hold on only to their Dutch passports.
Marijnissen’s remarks are ‘shameless opportunism’ says Labour parliamentary leader Jacques Tichelaar in today’s Volkskrant.
Right-wing Liberal (VVD) parliamentary leader Mark Rutte accuses Marijnissen of ambiguity on the issue of double passports. He says the SP leader remained quiet during the recent parliamentary debate on the subject but has now used the press to add his voice to the growing opposition to dual nationality.
Anti-immigration MP Geert Wilders has now sent a letter to Albayrak pointing out that the three biggest opposition parties (VVD, SP and his own PVV) in parliament are now opposed to ministers having dual nationality.
Albayrak, who has Turkish and Dutch nationality, could give up her Turkish passport while Aboutaleb is not able to surrender his Moroccan nationality as this is not permitted by Morocco.
In his interview with the Telegraaf on Saturday, Marijnissen said he did not want to be put in the same box as Wilders and the VVD and that people should choose themselves what to do. ‘This is nothing to do with loyalty,’ he added.
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