Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Historic vote for Muslim women in USA elections

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Deanna Wagner | 08 November, 2018, 10:02

A onetime Somali refugee, Omar, 37, won a House seat in a strongly Democratic district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding Keith Ellison who was himself the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.

The two women will increase the total number of Muslims in the House to three - African American congressman Andre Carson has also won re-election in his Democratic district in Indiana.

Her journey has taken her from a Kenyan refugee camp to the Minnesota House of Representatives to national celebrity, from the cover of Time Magazine to a cameo in a Maroon 5 video, to the U.S. Congress.

In 2008, she became the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature.

In recent interviews Tlaib has voiced support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, slashing USA military aid to Israel and efforts to boycott the Jewish state.

Omar, 36, was born in Somalia but fled with her family to Kenya as a refugee when she was 8. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah".

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Omar was one of two Muslim women to win an election in Tuesday's midterms. She will also be the first Somali-American in Congress.

Both Omar and Tlaib were endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that counts among its high-profile members another rising female star - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

"We did this, together", she wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

Congressman Chris Smith, the Republican who has headed the Africa subcommittee, opposed President Donals Trump's efforts to slash spending on U.S. aid to Africa.

Tlaib (D) is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and ran a progressive campaign.

His approach reflects a long-standing Republican-Democratic congressional consensus on Africa issues that has not been eroded by Mr Trump's indifference or occasional belligerence toward the continent.