Danish poet of Palestinian heritage, Yahya Hassan, announced on Tuesday that he is entering politics and joining the new National Party (Nationalpartiet), saying he wants to help unite people in Denmark.

The 19-year-old Hassan has for the past couple of years been an active voice in the Danish political debate, particularly on integration. He has not shied away from controversial statements, upsetting both members of the immigrant community and the cultural elite in Denmark.

The National Party's announcement via Facebook on Tuesday that he will join the group may be seen as another such statement.

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