Asscher becomes new leader of PvdA Labour party

Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher.
The new face of the PvdA, Lodewijk Asscher. Photo:

Lodewijk Asscher has become the new leader of the PvdA Labour party, reports NOS on Friday.

He won a party membership vote over the current leader Diederik Samsom, with 54.5% of the votes, to 45.5%. The win was announced at a meeting in Amsterdam West.

An “emotional” Samson said he had been honoured to be the party leader, and will also give up his leadership of the Labour party group in the Dutch parliament on Monday.

Currently, slumping Labour party support in the polls would result in between 11 and 13 seats in the general election next March. It currently has 35.

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