Advisor to Abbas congratulates Palestinian-American for winning US Congress seat

Advisor to Abbas congratulates Palestinian-American for winning US Congress seat

Rashida Tlaib also joins Ilhan as the other first Muslim woman to be elected to Congress.

She is not only the second Muslim women elected in Congress but also the first Somali-American. She will succeed Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to ever be elected to the House.

They settled in Minnesota, which now has a large Somali-American community. 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. Although her election was officially announced on Wednesday, she was elected unopposed as no one came forward to challenge Rashida in another deeply Democratic district.

Shaath cabled Tlaib congratulating here for her victory and for being the first Palestinian-American to become a Congresswoman.

The 42-year-old Tlaib is a Palestinian-American. "I couldn't sit on the sidelines", she said. She is the first Muslim woman and the first former refugee to win from there.

She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

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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".

Tlaib's relatives in the West Bank village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa greeted the news of her election with a mixture of pride and hope that she would be able to take on a U.S. administration widely seen as hostile to Muslims and the Palestinian cause.

The Palestinian-American entered US politics in 2008, when she won a seat for the Democrats in Michigan's State Senate.

Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men now in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson. She is also the second Native American woman elected to statewide executive office in the United States.

In August, she won a crowded primary in the state's deep blue 5th District - an area that covers Minneapolis and some of its suburbs.

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