Former Kenyan Refugee, Ilhan Omar Wins in US Elections in Minnesota

Former Kenyan Refugee, Ilhan Omar Wins in US Elections in Minnesota

In a historic result on couple of seats in the US midterm polls, Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar have become the first Muslim women elected to US Congress.

Self-described Democratic Socialist Ilhan Omar won Minnesota's 5th District race, where she easily defeated Republican activist Jennifer Zielinski on a platform that includes health care for all and a $15 minimum wage.

Ilhan Omar in an October file photo.

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI won their respective races and will represent their districts in the House of Representatives.

Omar, 36, fled her homeland of Somalia at the age of eight and lived in a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating with family to the United States.

Omar will also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf.

She has stated that President Donald Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to run for the seat.

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For Tlaib, Tuesday's election marks the second time she will have made history in recent years.

First Somali-American Muslim legislator elected to office in the United States.

Since leaving the Legislature, Tlaib has worked as an attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.

In August, she emerged as the victor of a Democratic primary for a seat vacated by John Conyers, a longtime liberal lion who stepped down in December amid sexual harassment allegations and failing health.

While Omar campaigned on a similarly progressive platform, which calls for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges.

During her tearful primary election victory speech in August, with her immigrant mother by her side, she said relatives in the West Bank were watching her success.

US Muslim civil rights groups say a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric comes from the media, as well as the country's political establishment. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah", Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter.

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