Saturday, January 20, 2007

Zille proposes talks with AMP to rejoin coalition

By Tarryn Le Chat
20 January 2007

Executive mayor, Helen Zille, has held a meeting to try and restore the Democratic Alliance’s relation with the African Muslim Party.

This comes after the DA coalition was almost toppled when an AMP member, Badih Chaaban – without his party’s consent - apparently had talks with ANC members and smaller parties to offer to form a coalition to oust the DA.

AMP leader, Wasfie Hassiem , said that his party would ‘probably’ institute disciplinary proceedings against Chaaban at a later stage, but this still had to be discussed by the national executive committee.

Zille has stated that she could not restore the relationship with Chabaan and certainly could not offer him any position.

Hassiem has said that he cannot allow the DA to decide who will be in his party.

Zille had refused to be photographed with Chabaan, instead opted for a picture with Hassiem and his wife Nazley Bester.

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