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.
Omar will fill the seat of Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who is running for the state attorney general and is also a Muslim.
Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib was another Muslim woman elected to the US Congress. After moving to the U.S.at the of 12 as a Somali refugee, Omar told TIME she grew a love for politics that was inspired by her grandfather, who loved the idea of democratic governments.
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"I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", she said amid cheers.
"It is a district that is very much interested in making sure our progressive values are represented", she said in an interview with MinnPost.
Omar arrived in the USA, aged 14, after fleeing civil war in Somalia.
Tlaib explicitly supports the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel and its replacement of a unitary Palestinian state.
Republicans who charge that the Democratic Party has departed from its pro-Israel bona fides point to Tlaib and Omar as proof.
Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot. She spent four years in Dadaab until her family was cleared to emigrate to the US.
MA will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.
Congressman Chris Smith, the Republican who has headed the Africa subcommittee, opposed President Donals Trump's efforts to slash spending on United States aid to Africa.
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