Leader of the Democrats 66
The Leader of the Democrats 66 is the most senior politician within the Democrats 66 (Dutch: Democraten 66, D66) in the Netherlands. The post is currently vacant since the resignation of Alexander Pechtold.
The Leaders outwardly act as the 'figurehead' and the main representative of the party. Within the party, they must ensure political consensus. At election time the Leader is always the Lijsttrekker (top candidate) of the party list. In the Democrats 66 the Leader is often the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. Some Democrats 66 leaders became a Minister in a Cabinet.
- Note After Boris Dittrich stepped down Lousewies van der Laan took over as Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives. The Democrats 66 leadership election of 2006 elected Alexander Pechtold as Lijsttrekker for the general election of 2006 on 24 June 2006.
- Note After Alexander Pechtold stepped down Rob Jetten took over as Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives on 10 October 2018. For the Next Dutch general election a Lijsttrekker election will likely take place to elect a new official Leader.
- "Politiek leider van een partij". Parlement&Politiek. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- (in Dutch) Official website