government after Ayguel Oezbkan (EYEGOOL UZZ-KAN) was sworn in as social affairs minister for the region of Lower Saxony.
Oezbkan, a German national born in Hamburg 38 years ago to Turkish immigrants, took the oath of office on Tuesday afternoon.
The 38-year-old caused uproar earlier this weekwhen she said crufixes and Muslim veils should be banned in state schools. She later apologised.
“She should have known that her statements would have been misinterpeted in the way they were. It was a mistake and she accepts this. The whole government agrees we must have a close relationship with the Christians churchs. We are glad to so and will continue to build upon this relationship.”
Ozkan also becomes the first-ever politican of Turkish origin to hold a government job at any level.
Her Christian Democrat party is tradtionally opposed to secularist policies, which are normally supported by the Socialists.