Farid Azarkan will be the leader of Denk’s list for the upcoming elections to the Lower House. His appointment has yet to be ratified by the members‘ meeting at the end of this month, but that seems a formality: Azarkan is the only candidate and the board nominates him.
Azarkan has been in the House of Representatives since the 2017 elections, and he has been chairman of the political group since March of this year. In the spring there were all kinds of quarrels within Denk and Azarkan was even expelled as a member. This was later reversed and the three members of the parliamentary group settled their conflict in May.
Party chairman Çelik calls Azarkan a fantastic leader of Denk: “He is a sharp debater, an advocate of equal opportunities and an experienced politician who convincingly propagates the values of Denk
Azarkan himself says he is highly motivated to build “the new phase of our movement” together with the other members. He wants to prevent “that the corona crisis leads to even more inequality, discrimination and poverty”. He also announced that he would fight against “right-wing extremist polarisation.