Dutch media is reporting Dutch Green Party candidate Kauthar Bouchallikh has received enough preferential votes in the Dutch general election 2021 for a parliamentary mandate. According to the AD article:
March 21, 2021 Kauthar Bouchallikht, who was on the electoral list for GroenLinks in recent elections, says on Twitter that he has obtained enough preferential votes for a seat in the House of Representatives. Her party colleague Suzanne Kröger, who is no longer in the House as a result, confirms the message. The number of preferential votes will not be announced until Friday, but several municipalities already have results online. They would be enough for a seat. Bouchallikht writes on Twitter that he is happy, but still ‘hungover’ from the loss of GroenLinks. [Translated from Dutch using Google.]
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In November 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) discovered that Kauthar Bouchallikh is likely the daughter of Mostapha Bouchallikh, one of the most important leaders of the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in the Netherlands, a transnational Islamist influence network covered by the GIOR. A November 2020 report by former journalist and Dutch blogger Carel Brendel also revealed that Bouchallikh had omitted her position as Head of Member Organisations Relations at the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations, the youth/student arm of the European GMB, in her official candidate biography. This resulted in a media storm prompting the Dutch Green Party as well as Bouchallikh’s own organization to come out in her defense, calling the allegations “demonizing” and “initiated by the far-right.” Only weeks later, new media controversy emerged after surfaced photos showed Bouchallikh standing in front of banners that equated Zionism with Nazism during a 2014 demonstration in The Hague. Other recent GIOR reporting about Kauthar Bouchallikh has included:
- In November 2020, GIOR reported that Bouchallikh had publicly denied any awareness of FEMYSO’s GMB ties.
- In March 2021, GIOR reported that Bouchallikh had participated in a leadership training course of a Turkish-British “thought leadership” group headed by a former head of the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, accused of having been involved in transporting weapons to Syria on behalf of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.