A Moroccan immigrant was installed on Monday as mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands' second-largest city.
Ahmed Aboutaleb, 47, is a Muslim who was formerly junior minister for social affairs.
As an Amsterdam councilman, Aboutaleb said in 2004 after the murder of film maker Theo van Gogh that "extremist Muslims" should adapt to life in the Netherlands or pack their bags and leave.
Pim Fortuyn, an anti-Islam Dutch politician who was murdered by a Dutch animal activist in 2002, had his political power base in Rotterdam.
Marco Pastors, a member of a party that adheres to Fortuyn's principles, said Aboutaleb was the "right person" to continue Fortuyn's legacy.
"The fact that someone with these features can become mayor, we see as an honour," he was quoted as saying by Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.
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