Integrity issues main reason for council aldermen to quit

Integrity issues were behind more Dutch local council executives’ decisions to step down last year than any other reason, local government magazine Binnenlands Bestuur says on Monday.

Nine of the 27 aldermen who left their jobs did so for reasons of integrity. Of those who quit between 2010 and 2013, just one in 10 did so because of integrity or conflict of interest issues.

Just 16 aldermen lost their jobs last year following the March local elections.

Binnenlands Bestuur says this is due to the splintering in local politics which led to the formation of new, broader coalitions. These are also more stable, the magazine says.

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