“I was worried it would turn into one beauty contest would lead. I am slowly but surely shifting in that direction, because I think it can be good for the independence of a mayor to have his own mandate ”, says Halsema in the podcast Damsko, in which two duo councilors ask the Amsterdam mayor whether the next mayor will be elected. must be.
Halsema himself was not chosen. She was appointed after a backroom procedure, like all mayors. Only a change in the law can change that.