The local populist political party Leefbaar Rotterdam has given its tentative backing to the nomination of Ahmed Aboutaleb (Labour) as the city's new mayor, even though its leader initially condemned the selection.

Aboutaleb, the current junior social affairs minister and a Muslim, is a controversial choice because he has dual Dutch and Moroccan nationality.

Leefbaar Rotterdam, the second biggest party on the city council behind Labour, was founded by Islam critic Pim Fortuyn who was murdered by an animal rights activist in 2002.