Thursday, November 8, 2018 11:47:13 AM
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Become First Muslim Women Elected to US Congress

American voters have made history by election the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress- Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Ms Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, secured Michigan’s 13th congressional district in a race in which she was the sole major party candidate, having won the Democratic primary earlier this year.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota’s Fifth congressional district, Somali-American Ms Omar bagged the seat previously held by Keith Ellison, the nation’s first Muslim congressman. Both women are Democrats.

Ahead of the race, Ms Tlaib told CBS: “The first thing I think about when somebody says you’re going to be the first Muslim is celebrate this moment. We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible. And that if you just believe, believe in the possibility of someone like me.”

She added: “I think people don’t realise just how much of a roller-coaster it is and its happy chaos right now.”

Ms Omar, a Minnesota state congresswoman, ran a progressive platform that included “Medicare for all”, criminal justice reform and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The Hill reported.

It said the Somali refugee came to the US at 12 years old. She has often spoken out against President Trump’s travel ban against Muslim-majority countries, Independent noticed.

Ms Omar beat out five other Democratic contenders for Mr Ellison’s seat.

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

“We did this together,” Ms Omar tweeted. “Thank you!”

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