Femke Halsema gets six more years as Amsterdam mayor

The mayor's official portrait. Photo: Tom Feenstra

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema has been sworn in for a second six-year term in office, after saying last year she would like to stay on in the job.

Halsema has several tricky issues to deal with on her desk, not least of which is plans to develop what has become known as a city brothel on the edge of the Zuidas business district.

In her first years in Amsterdam, Halsema was the driving force behind efforts to cut the problems caused by tourists in the medieval city centre. Although that work has largely been handed over to council executive Sofyan Mbarki, she remains the public face of the campaign.

And according to the Parool, her wish to make cannabis cafes “locals only”  as they are in the rest of the country, could also be back on the agenda.

In addition, Halsema is spearheading plans to tackle crime and poverty in the districts of Nieuw-West and Zuidoost, and to combat drugs-related crime. Recently the mayor made a plea for the regulated sale of drugs such as cocaine to combat gangland dominance.

Mayors in the Netherlands are technically crown appointees rather than elected by residents, with the king approving the choice of city councillors. They are responsible for public order and safety and chair the executive board, and can take on other roles at the request of city officials.

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