A Kurd is elected mayor of London’s Haringey
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – An Alevi Kurd, originally from Kurdistan of Turkey (Bakur), was elected as the mayor of London’s Haringey Council on Monday.
Cllr Ali Gul Ozbek, a pharmacist, is the first Alevi Kurd who has ever won the local election for Haringey. He will also serve as the civic and ceremonial head of the district’s Council.
"Cllr Ozbek brings to the post a strong background in campaigning for rights and recognition on behalf of minority ethnic communities. He has been a ward councillor for St Ann’s since May 2014," reported Haringey Council website.
In an interview with Kurdistan24, Ozbek said that “Kurds have helped me with this election alongside with everybody else in this area who went to the polls and cast their vote.”
"I feel deeply honoured to have been elected Mayor of Haringey. This is one of the most vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities in all of London,"Ozbek added.
Prior to this position, Ozbek served as deputy mayor.
His official charity will be Lymphoma Cancer Association, which supports people affected by lymphatic cancer.
An estimated 100,000 Kurds live in the UK. Nearly half of them are settled in London and the rest reside in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham.
Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran
Editing by Ava Homa