Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Muslim women make USA history with congressional wins

Muslim women make USA history with congressional wins

This is the first time that Muslim women have been elected to the House. Multiple outlets have called the race.

She is likely to be joined by 36-year-old Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a Muslim woman who is expected to also win her race on Tuesday night.

Omar, a Somali-American was once a refugee, while Tlaib is the first Pakistani-American woman in congress.

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

"The kind of opportunity that came from the resistance to this terrible person in the White House and Republicans kind of adopting that message, that being a strong man kind of sustained them, allowed for us to say there is a kind of politics that's about hope, about joy, about optimism, about inclusion", she said.

In Michigan, voters elected Rashida Tlaib to fill a seat vacated by John Conyers, who resigned past year after allegations of sexual misconduct.

A Muslim woman from Detroit has won the congressional seat long held by Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers. Omar was favoured to take a seat in Congress after winning her Democratic primary in a heavily left-leaning Minnesota voting district. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the USA when she was 14.

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.

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