Salih Hudayar was elected as the Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile on November 11, 2019.
Mr. Salih Hudayar was born to a Uyghur business family in Atush, East Turkistan. He studied International Studies and Politics at the University of Oklahoma, and was a member of the Army National Guard from 2011-2013. He is currently pursuing a Masters in National Security Studies from the American Military University.
On June 4, 2000, Salih Hudayar, fled to the United States with his family where they became political refugees. He grew up in Oklahoma and despite being so young he began to spread awareness about East Turkistan and the situation there. He moved to Washington, DC in summer 2017 and founded the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM). Under his leadership, the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement sparked a national awakening across the East Turkistani diaspora and re-ignited the flame of independence. He spearheaded the call for restoring East Turkistan’s independence along with calling for the passage of a Uyghur / East Turkistan Policy Act. He reframed the East Turkistan issue as being an issue of territory and independence and not simply human rights and democracy.
He joined the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile at the Special Parliamentary Session in Washington, DC in April 20, 2019 and was subsequently appointed as the Ambassador to the United States & Assistant to the Prime Minister.
Since becoming a member of the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile, Salih Hudayar has continued advocating for democracy, political independence, and unity among our people. He has also been active in promoting non-violent resistance to Chinese occupation among the Uyghur and East Turkistani diaspora. His vision is for an independent East Turkistan that is democratic, pluralistic, and peaceful. He envisions that East Turkistan will one day be a shining example of democracy and human rights in not only Central Asia, but also the entire world.
Mr. Hudayar is fluent in Uyghur, Turkish, and English. He is married and currently resides with his wife in Northern Virginia.
You can reach him at: PM@East-Turkistan.Net
Deputy Prime Minister
Mirqedir Mirzat was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary of the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile on November 11, 2019.
Mr. Mirqedir Mirzat was born to a Uyghur intellectual family in Urumchi, East Turkistan. He left East Turkistan to study in France in 2008. He studied Business Administration and got a Masters in Business Administration from the La grande école de Gestion et de Finance in Paris, France.
He first become involved in the East Turkistan cause following the July 5th 2009 Massacre in Urumchi, and he began to attend public demonstrations and secretly supported Uyghur organizations. He became publicly engaged in the East Turkistan cause in 2018 and was elected the Vice-President of the France Uyghur Union in January of 2019. His goal as the Vice President of the France Uyghur Union is to advocate for East Turkistan’s independence by informing the people and government of France and to serve the East Turkistani diaspora residing in France.
Mirqedir joined the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile as a Parliamentary candidate on July 15, 2019 and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary following the formation of a new administration at the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile’s 8th General Assembly.
He speaks Uyghur, French, English, Turkish and Chinese. He is married with three kids and lives with his family in France.
You can reach him at: CabinetSec@East-Turkistan.Net