Rabat - Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam, was named best local political leader in the Netherlands for the second consecutive year.
Rabat – Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam, was named best local political leader in the Netherlands for the second consecutive year.
According to the website Bladna, the Moroccan-born politician was chosen because of his “unifying, energetic, and competent” policy
The Dutch media attributes the popularity of Aboutaleb to his speech after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, when he called on Muslim extremists who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilization to pack up and leave the country.
However, Eric de Kluis, the “Binnenlands Bestuur” magazine editor, which organizes the annual election of the best leader, reportedly said that choosing Aboutaleb is not accidental.
“The fact that he won for the second time proves that Dutch leaders do not appreciate him only for his strong speech regarding Charlie attacks, but they see him as a consistent leader who does not feel scared to use strong words to clarify his views, a leader who defends his ideas and his city,” the editor said.
Last March, the Moroccan-Dutch politician of the Labor Party was voted the most popular politician in the Netherlands, with a score of 7.49 out of 10 in a popularity poll of twelve Dutch politicians.
Due to his success and good reputation, many Dutch people wanted Aboutaleb to be their next Prime Minister, according to a survey done by Maurice de Hond among 2,500 respondents last May.
In December 2014, Aboutaleb was nominated the “Dutch of the Year” by Elsevier Magazine.