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Kurdish woman becomes minister in Netherlands

  2021-05-27  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File photo of Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius who is Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Photo courtesy of Nouveau
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A Kurdish woman born in Turkey and raised in Netherlands was appointed as State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the Netherlands in a government reshuffle by Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday (May 25).

Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius was born in 1977 in Ankara has spent most of her life in Europe after her activist father Yücel Yeşilgöz fled Turkey following the military coup of 1980, according T-Vine news agency.

“And now it is official. Just sworn in as Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and Climate with the climate and energy portfolio. An enormous honor to be able to do this in the near future,” she tweeted.

Yeşilgöz-Zegerius became preoccupied in Dutch politics from a young age. She joined the ranks of center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and prompted her ranks within the party. 

She was on the Amsterdam City Council between 2014 and 2017. 

The Kurdish woman was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in the 2017 General Election for VVD.

She has been tasked with the country’s climate and energy policies with his new post. 

Yeşilgöz-Zegerius has been critical of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian tendencies, including over the arrest of dual national Dutch columnist Ebru Umar in 2016 for “insulting the Turkish president” in her tweets, the news agency said. 

She was one of outspoken figures, along four other Dutch lawmakers of Turkey’s origin to do so, who voted in favor of a motion in February 2018 to recognize the massacre of Armenians. 

They were accused of being “traitors” by the Turkish state-owned media and politicians following the vote.

(Zhyan English)