The Dutch far-right Freedom Party will run in the country’s parliamentary elections next year on a platform seeking to ban some of the key tenets of Islam, according to a manifesto published by its leader Geert Wilders Thursday.
In its five-year plan for 2017-2021, the Freedom Party pledges to reverse the “Islamization” of the Netherlands by implementing measures such as closing mosques and Islamic schools, securing borders, banning the Koran, closing asylum seeker centers, banning Muslim migrants and forbidding women from wearing headscarves.
Wilders’ party also supports holding a Brexit-style referendum for the Netherlands to leave the European Union.
Other promises include more funding for police and defense and eliminating foreign aid.
The plan, which is just one page, comes ahead of the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for March 2017.
So far three parties have presented their election manifesto.
Wilders intended to keep the document, including budgetary proposals, short in order to make it fit on one page, Dutch paper De Volkskrant reported. However, Green party leader Jesse Klaver mocked the short plan, tweeting a satirical video suggesting Wilders should get rid of all “leftist hobbies” — a reference to how right-wing politicians refer to government spending on development aid and culture.
An IPSOS poll predicted this month that the Freedom Party could be the most represented party in the Dutch parliament, snatching 25 to 30 seats, up from the 12 it currently has. While popular with voters, the party is likely to remain on the periphery because it will struggle to secure coalition partners.
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