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Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar first Muslim women elected to Congress

08 November 2018, 05:45 | Darnell Patrick

First Muslim woman elected to House of Representatives

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Rashida Tlaib is to become the first of two Muslim women elected to Congress, and for this she has to thank the unlikely figure of Donald Trump.

The women, both Democrats, include Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American and former refugee Ilhan Omar.

Minnesota made history by electing the first refugee and Somali-American woman to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday.

Jones won the Democratic primary special election to finish the rest of Conyers' term, but lost the race for the 13th District full two-year term by about 900 votes.

The victory of Palestinian-American Talib, 42, was no surprise.

"Regardless of whether we win or lose, this gets to shift the narrative of what is possible", she said. "And that if you just believe, believe in the possibility of someone like me".

Omar will take the seat vacated by Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison is leaving Congress as he vies to become Minnesota attorney general.

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She won the Democratic primary on August 14, 2018 and contested the election on a party ticket.

He told the crowd that "large numbers of Somali refugees [are] coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval, and with some of them then joining ISIS and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world".

Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.

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. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the US when she was 14.

Omar addressed key points she plans to address in Congress to a crowd brimming with supporters on Tuesday.

Ms Omar did not know English when she went to the USA at the age 12. Tlaib said at a summit celebrating women of color in politics.

Meanwhile in the Senate - the upper chamber of Congress - it looks likely the Republican Party will hold a majority with 51 seats against the Democrats' 43.



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