Woman Who Lived in Kenyan Refugee Camp Wins USA Elections

Woman Who Lived in Kenyan Refugee Camp Wins USA Elections

American voters have made history by sending two Muslim women to Congress for the first time.

Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress Tuesday night, prevailing in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District over Republican Jennifer Zielinski.

Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, ran essentially unopposed in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, which includes Detroit.

Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the US over two decades ago as a refugee.

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On the program, she expressed hope that she and the new Congress, with a Democratic House, can serve as a check on the administration of President Donald Trump.

Tlaib will fill the seat formerly occupied by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office past year amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

Omar's family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war.

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Tlaib's district is home to one of the largest Arab-American populations in the United States.

Omar will not only be among the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

A Somali-American and a former refugee, she served as the first Somali-American legislator in the US when she won a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016. She is an attorney and served in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Also Massachusetts, Democrat Ayanna Pressley will be the first woman of colour in her state's congressional delegation.

The 42-year-old was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

In February, Omar spoke openly about what she saw as the president's prejudice against Muslims, saying there is no debate about "whether Trump is a racist".

Since then, she has not stopped campaigning: she worked full-time as a volunteer for Barack Obama, and on dozens of local and state campaigns.

There was no Republican on the ballot in the overwhelmingly Democratic district.

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