- Jozias van Aartsen
Jozias Johannes van Aartsen (born
December 25, 1947in The Hague) is a Dutch politicianand member of the liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy(VVD). He is currently the Mayor of The Hague.
Former agriculture minister (1994-1998) and former foreign minister (1998-2002). He was the parliamentary leader of the VVD in the Dutch Lower House from
May 27 2003until March 8 2006when he stepped down because of poor results in the 2006 Dutch municipal election. His successor was Willibrord van Beek, a member of parliament since 1998. [nl icon "Willibrord van Beek tussenpaus VVD" Nederlandse Omroep StichtingMarch 9 2006 [http://www.nos.nl/nos/artikelen/2006/03/art0000D00605FD.html Link] ] In August 2006 Van Aartsen announced he would not run as a candidate for the VVD in the 2006 general election. [nl icon "Jozias van Aartsen vertrekt na verkiezingen" Elsevier 21 August 2006 [http://www.elsevier.nl/nieuws/politiek/nieuwsbericht/asp/artnr/111311/index.html Link] ] . In a letter [nl icon Letter at www.joziasvanaartsen.nl [http://www.joziasvanaartsen.nl/publicaties/Brief_van_Jozias_van_Aartsen_aan_Mark_Rutte.htm Link] ] to party leader Mark Ruttehe expressed his disappointment with the demise of the Second Balkenende cabinetwhich in his view was uncalled for. He also warned for VVD interparty warring between a populist fraction with a no-nonsense attitude and focus on tax cuts and law and order and a liberal fraction focused on personal freedoms, rule of law, international orientation and education.
Jozias van Aartsen is the son of
Jan van Aartsen, himself a minister of the Netherlands from 1958 to 1965. After completing the Gymnasium-a he studied lawat the Vrije Universiteitbut did not graduate. At the age of 22 van Aartsen moved to The Hagueto work in politics.
Hans Wiegelbecame party leader, in 1971, van Aartsen was asked to work for Hans Wiegelas employee of the party in the Dutch Tweede Kamer. In 1974 he became General Manager of the Prof. mr. B.M. Telder Foundation, the scientific institute of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. In 1978 Van Aartsen became Chef de Bureau of the Secretary General of Interior. He did this under ministers Rietkerk, van Dijk, de Korte, de Koning, Dales and de Graaf. In 1985 he became Secretary General of Interior himself. He was minister of Agriculture from 1994-1998 in the First cabinet of Wim Kok. In the Second cabinet of Wim Kokhe was the Minister of Foreign Affairs. When the cabinet fell as a direct result of the NIODreport about the fall of Srebrenica, he became parliamentary leader in the Dutch parliament.
On April 1 2004 an attempt was made to overrun van Aartsen by a car when he and a co-worker were doing a photoshoot in front of Hotel Des Indes in
The Hague. Van Aartsen was not hurt but the co-worker did sustain a shoulder injury. The assailant, a 41 year old lawyer by the name of Frederiek de Jongh and an employee of "Bureau Rechtshulp" in Utrecht confessed her action was politically motivated. [ nl icon [http://zoek.volkskrant.nl/artikel?text=Jozias%20van%20Aartsen%20Bureau%20Rechtshulp&FDOC=0&SORT=presence&PRD=20y&SEC=%2A&SO=%2A&DAT=%2A&ADOC=2 Verwarde advocate reed met opzet Van Aartsen aan] in De Volkskrant April 1, 2006]
* [http://www.joziasvanaartsen.nl Official website]
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