ROTTERDAM, 9 January 2024 – Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb announces his departure scheduled for the coming autumn, marking the end of over 15 years of leadership.
Mayor Aboutaleb to step down this autumn
Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has announced his decision to resign from his role as Mayor of Rotterdam during the upcoming autumn. After serving Rotterdam for more than 15 years, he believes it is time for a new mayor to take over the reins.
The decision, according to Mayor Aboutaleb, was difficult to time but was made with careful consideration. “I have discussed my decision with the Commissioner of the King over the past few months. The city council and the college are now nearly halfway through their mandate and are well-versed in managing the city. This timing also allows ample opportunity for the appointment of a new mayor before the next municipal elections,” he explained.
The precise date for the end of his term will be determined in consultation with the presidium. “Until the termination of my appointment is finalized, I will continue to fulfil my duties as mayor with undiminished commitment.”
During his New Year's speech at the city hall this afternoon, Mayor Aboutaleb was accompanied by fellow administrators, city council members, and citizens of Rotterdam who contribute positively to the city and its residents through their volunteer work and community engagement.
Mayor Aboutaleb expressed his wishes for everyone in 2024, emphasizing care, love for one's neighbour, and the importance of valuing and speaking positively about others. “The world is entrusted to those who, with positive effort, trust, and good intentions, wish to serve humanity.”