|Date: 02/05/2012 Time: 11:41:00 AM
Outgoing Dutch interior minister Liesbeth Spies
was quoted saying by a Dutch newspaper that the proposed burqa ban can be
"The House wants to put the dual citizenship in the trash. If that happens
with the burka ban, I will not shed a tear," she told the Volkskrant newspaper
in an interview published today.
The Dutch coalition government last month collapsed when anti-Islam
politician Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party, pulled out his support
due to disagreement over austerity measures.
The dual nationality and burqa bans were his top priorities.
In January, the Dutch had voted to ban burkas and other face-covering
garments from public places. The legislation had still be approved by both
houses of the Dutch Parliament Spies has announced her candidacy for the
leadership of the Christian Democratic Appeal party.