The CDU member of the state parliament Ismail Tipi is dead. The Hessian state parliament in Wiesbaden announced on Saturday that he died on Friday at the age of 64 after a serious illness.

Manfred Pentz, Secretary General of the Hessian CDU, said: “Ismail Tipi was a very committed part of our Union family and has made a name for himself nationwide in the fight against religious extremism, especially Salafism.”

Born in Izmir, Turkey, Tipi used to work as a journalist and has been a member of the CDU since 1999. He has been a member of the Hessian state parliament for the Offenbach-Land II constituency since 2010 and was most recently spokesman for the CDU parliamentary group for integration policy. Tipi was also a member of the state board of the Hessian CDU, and since 2006 a member of the town council of Heusenstamm in the Offenbach district and a member of the district council of the Offenbach district.

According to the announcement, the President of the State Parliament, Astrid Wallmann, reported that Tipi came to Germany when he was twelve. “As a member of the state parliament of Turkish origin, after entering parliament in 2010, he was a role model for many people with a migration background in our country to get involved politically.” it was about resolutely opposing any form of extremism”.