Row Over Dutch Muslim Ministers

February 22, 2007

Author: Geraldine Coughlan

Source: BBC News

The appointment of two Muslim politicians to the new Dutch cabinet has reawakened a row in the country over dual nationality.

Nebahat Albayrak and Ahmed Aboutaleb are both Dutch passport holders, but also have Turkish and Moroccan passports respectively.

Right-wing opposition parties want to see an end to dual nationality.

The row has led to a call for Princess Maxima, the wife of the Crown Prince, to give up her Argentine nationality.

Ahmed Aboutaleb, from Morocco, is the State Secretary for Social Affairs in the new cabinet.