12 Ethnic Turks Run For Dutch Parliament


22.11.2006 16:46 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Twelve candidates of Turkish origin from
seven different parties will run in the upcoming elections in the
Netherlands, where three Turkish candidates were expelled from their
parties due to their refusal to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Approximately 12 million Dutch will vote for 150 members of the chamber
of deputies on Wednesday. None of the 26 parties is expected to win
the majority of the votes. The struggle is anticipated to be between
the rightist Christian Democrats (CDA) and the main opposition Labor
Party (PvdA). Only three of the 12 Turks can directly be elected and
the possibility of election for the other candidates is up to the
number of the votes. The previous expulsion of Turkish candidates
leads to presumptions that most of the Turkish origin people living
in the EU member country will cast their votes for Fatma Koser who is
running from D’66. She might even become a minister if the predicted
happens. More than 250,000 of the Turkish citizens in the country
have double citizenship and approximately two thirds can vote. There
are still several Turkish MPs in the Dutch parliament, reports Cihan
News Agency.

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