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|Member of the Folketing|
18 June 2015
|Constituency||Zealand (from 2019)
East Jutland (2015—2019)
20 November 2001 – 15 September 2011
|Leader of Liberal Alliance|
7 May 2007
|Succeeded by||Anders Samuelsen|
|Born||1 July 1963
|Political party||Conservative People's Party|
|Social Liberal Party
|Domestic partner||Bente Dalsbæk (until 2010)|
|Occupation||Senior Fellow of Hudson Institute
Middle East expert and TV commentator
Naser Khader (Arabic: ناصر خضرcode: ar is deprecated Levantine pronunciation: born 1 July 1963) is a Syrian-Danish politician who is member of the Parliament of Denmark for the Conservative People's Party. He was first elected to Parliament representing the Danish Social Liberal Party in 2001. In 2007 he left this party to found New Alliance (later Liberal Alliance), whom he represented from 2007 until 5 January 2009. A leading proponent of peaceful co-existence of democracy and Islam, he established a new movement, Moderate Muslims (later renamed Democratic Muslims), when the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy began.
In the national elections on 13 November 2007, Naser Khader's New Alliance party won five parliamentary seats. After a tumultuous year in which two MPs left the party, one was excluded from the parliamentary group, and the party was renamed to Liberal Alliance, Naser Khader too left the party. Following a short period as an Independent Member of the Danish Parliament, Naser Khader joined the Conservative People's Party on 17 March 2009. Khader lost his seat in the 2011 Danish parliamentary election, but regained it in the 2015 election.
Khader co-founded an association of opponents of Islamic supremacism and jihadism in 2008, with the aim to promote freedom of speech and inspire moderate Muslims worldwide. Khader and the Conservative Party advocate a complete ban on the burqa as part of an integration initiative by the Conservatives' parliamentary group, describing it as "un-Danish" and "oppression of women".
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