Historic vote for Muslim women in United States elections

Blanche Robertson
November 8, 2018

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district becoming one of the first Muslim women elected to US Congress, . "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah". With many firsts behind my name. "I'm going from the state House to the opportunity to serve in Congress, and serve the people in the Fifth, which is a great honor and a great opportunity". The first woman to wear a hijab.

Her win goes into records, making her the second Muslim woman ever elected to the US Congress.

A fighter who once heckled US President Donald Trump during a 2016 campaign stop in Detroit, she says she didn't run to make history as Muslim. It's time for them to awaken to the reality that the Democratic Party is ready to abandon them altogether. She could not speak English and only learnt by watching television.

"I did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were anxious about food as much as I was anxious about it in a refugee camp", Omar said in an interview last month.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, projected to win a fifth term in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections, has visited Kenya twice in recent years.

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Tlaib is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a burgeoning left-wing group that also counts New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its members.

In a quirk, a special election for the MI seat was also held in August.

The Democrat lived in the Kenyan refugee camp till the age of 12 when she moved to the US. "Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol", she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Mr Smith has taken a keen interest in African affairs, regularly convening hearings on conflicts and policy initiatives. But the Republicans have tightened its hold on the Senate with 51 candidates so far winning seats.

But Ms Bass might adopt a more confrontational tone in her subcommittee's dealings with Mr Trump's Africa team. He was running Tuesday to be Minnesota attorney general.

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