Farid Azarkan
Azarkan in 2017
Leader of DENK
Assumed office
26 September 2020
Preceded byTunahan Kuzu
Leader of Denk in the House of Representatives
Assumed office
21 March 2020
Preceded byTunahan Kuzu
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Personal details
Born (1971-10-16) 16 October 1971 (age 50)
Tafersit, Morocco
  • Moroccan
  • Dutch
Political partyDENK
Alma materChristelijke Hogeschool Nederland [nl] (BBA)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Drs.)
University of Greenwich / Saxion (MSc)

Farid Azarkan (born 16 October 1971) is a Moroccan-born Dutch politician serving as Leader of DENK since 26 September 2020.[1][2][3] He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 23 March 2017 and parliamentary leader since 21 March 2020. Azarkan is the lijsttrekker for DENK in the 2021 general election.[4]


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In February 2017, it was reported that some members of the youth department of DENK had created fake social media profiles in order to influence public opinion.[5] Tunahan Kuzu acknowledged that there had been some internet trolls and that they would be held to account for their behaviour.[6][7] Furthermore, Kuzu said that "Farid Azarkan may have given some sort of permission, but that is not entirely clear."[8]

Azarkan has been criticised for designing a banner in the style of the PVV with the image of the populist politician Geert Wilders and the logo of the PVV with the slogan "After March 15, we will purify the Netherlands". According to DENK, the idea behind the campaign would have been to "show how far the PVV can go." Nonetheless, the party management, Selçuk Öztürk and Tunahan Kuzu, decided not to place the advertisement.[9][10]


  1. ^ admin (23 March 2017). "Azarkan F. (DENK)". www.houseofrepresentatives.nl. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Een kudtkoekiewall. Omdat dat moet, van de kudtkoekiewet". www.geenstijl.nl. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Drs. F. (Farid) Azarkan MSc". www.parlement.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Denk draagt Azarkan voor als lijsttrekker". NRC (in Dutch). 8 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  5. ^ Andreas KouwenhovenHugo Logtenberg 10 februari 2017. "Nep-aanhang is online actief voor politieke partij Denk - NRC". Nrc.nl. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  6. ^ "Jongeren van partij Denk aangesproken op nepprofielen". Trouw. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  7. ^ "Kuzu: trollen verleden tijd bij Denk | NOS". Nos.nl. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  8. ^ Door: ANP (2017-02-16). "Kuzu spreekt tweede man Denk aan op inzet 'trollen' | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op". Nu.nl. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  9. ^ "DENK plande een nepnieuwscampagne onder PVV-vlag". NPO Radio 1 (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Denk werkte aan nepadvertentie PVV". nos.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 May 2020.