Ibrahim Baylan

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Ibrahim Baylan
Ibrahim Baylan 2009 04 19 B.jpg
Member of the Swedish Riksdag
for Västerbotten County
Assumed office
6 October 2006
Minister for Schools
In office
1 November 2004 – 6 October 2006
Prime Minister Göran Persson
Preceded by Thomas Östros
Succeeded by Jan Björklund
Personal details
Born (1972-03-15) March 15, 1972 (age 42)
Mardin (Tur Abdin), Turkey
Political party Social Democrats
Religion Syriac Orthodox

Ibrahim Baylan (born 15 March 1972) is a Swedish politician who served as Minister for Schools from 2004 to 2006. He has been a member of the Swedish Riksdag since 2006, and is currently deputy chairman in the education committée and spokesperson of educational issues for the Swedish Social Democratic Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Ibrahim Baylan is an ethnic Assyrian, born in the village Salah in Tur Abdin, Turkey, belonging to the Syriac Orthodox Church. His parents left the country with him in the early 1980s. They settled in Botkyrka, a suburb of Stockholm. He studied economics at Umeå University and was engaged in student politics. In 1997 he became the chair of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League in Umeå. The same year, he was elected chair of the Umeå Union of Students and also became a member of the municipal school board.

From 2000 Baylan worked as an ombudsman for the Swedish Union of Commercial Salaried Employees. He ran unsuccessfully on the Social Democratic ballot for the 2004 European Parliament election. Later in the same year, he was appointed to be Minister for School by Prime Minister Göran Persson, becoming the first non-European immigrant to become a member of a Swedish government cabinet. 2007 he was elected chairman of the Swedish parliamentary commité of transportation and communication. 2009 he became secretary general of the Swedish Socialdemokratic party. He resigned in March 2011.

As school minister he was involved in a controversy about a report from the Swedish National Agency for Education that was withdrawn after criticism from minister Baylan. He was reported to the Swedish Committee on the Constitution and called to a hearing on 12 April 2005.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Marita Ulvskog
Secretary-General of the Social Democrats
Succeeded by
Carin Jämtin
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Östros
Minister for Schools
Succeeded by
Jan Björklund