News of: Thursday, April 06 2006,

Amsterdam gets left wing local government

Amsterdam is going to governed by a left wing coalition for the next 4 years.

The Social Democrats (PvdA) and the Green party (Groenlinks) have reached an agreement on the most important points. The Social Democrats have become by far the biggest party in last month's local elections, they now occupy 20 of the 45 seats in the city council. The Greens have 7 seats.

Important issues to be dealt with in the coalition programme are the fighting of poverty, investing in children/education, safety on the streets, the environment (cleaner air), and the economy.