In the country’s second largest city, an Islamist party is rising to oppose the populist wave.
Inspired by the Qur’an, Nida has been courting the Muslim electorate and is aiming to win the head of the city council in the March 21 elections. The Left is regrouping behind it in order to wrest the Mayor’s office out of the hands of the Right-wing Leefbaar Rotterdam.
Nida has proclaimed its “Islamist inspiration” and has sketched out a “holistic Qur’anic” values plan for the city, including providing more room for Islam in public spaces. Out of fear of a new populist victory, most of the Left rallied to Nida in February under the banner of Links Verbond.