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Job Cohen Resigns

February 20, 2012 by staff 

Job Cohen Resigns, Job Cohen has announced his resignation as political leader of the PvdA, the Dutch Labour Party, effective immediately.

He is also resigning as chair of the parliamentary party and will not return to parliament. He will hold a press conference in Amsterdam at 16.30.

In a press release Mr Cohen says:

“Two years ago, I made the transition to national politics to make a contribution … to a decent society, in which people – regardless of ethnicity or background – would be able to prosper.

It is with regret that I am forced to conclude that in the political and media reality of The Hague I have failed to convincingly put across this path to a decent society.

Social democracy can give direction to necessary social reforms that would enable us to offer a perspective for the future. To offer people a perspective, particularly in these times of crisis, is the core mission of the PvdA. A political leader who is unable to make an effective contribution should resign. For this reason, I today resign as chair of the parliamentary party and as an MP.”

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