Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Historic vote for Muslim women in United States elections

Historic vote for Muslim women in United States elections

The House is getting its first two Muslim women and MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections.

The result of the elections means that the Republicans no longer hold both wings of the U.S. congress, handing President Donald Trump's political opponents a stronger foothold in Washington.

Tlaib's victory was no surprise. She was defeated in the general election in November of previous year.

The 42-year-old Tlaib is a Palestinian-American. "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

"I've never been one to stand on the sidelines". A former state representative, Tlaib, won the seat long held by Democrat John Conyers, who resigned in December amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Her parents were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jerusalem. Tlaib won Michigan's 13th district. But those promises, she said "aren't extended to everyone".

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

Tlaib has also been mindful of the historic nature of her candidacy. She could not speak English and only learnt by watching television. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah", Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter.

Her election comes amid a serious chasm between Trump's administration and the Palestinian Authority (PA).

In 1995, they emigrated to the United States, initially settling in Arlington, Virginia and then moving to Minneapolis.

"I'm Muslim and black", the hijab-wearing Omar said in a recent magazine interview. "What I defend is ideas", she said.

Omar's family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war. Eventually, she learnt the language by watching television. First Somali-American Muslim legislator elected to office in the United States. That may force her to resign from Detroit City Council to do so.

Another Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, who is running in Minnesota's 5th District, is also expected to win. She supports free college education, housing for all, and criminal justice reform. She campaigned in favor of single-payer health care, tighter gun control and more inclusive immigration policies.

Omar was one of two Muslim women to win an election in Tuesday's midterms.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.

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.

Both women have served as state lawmakers.

Some analysts who have closely followed Washington politics say Tuesday night's election outcomes are unsurprising. -Palestinian relations under Republican President Donald Trump.

No Republicans were on the ballot in the heavily Democratic district, which represents parts of Detroit and some suburbs.

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