US midterms: first Muslim women elected to congress

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United States voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress on November 6, 2018, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise, American networks reported.

In addition to being one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman to join congressional ranks.

The 42-year-old Tlaib is a Palestinian-American.

A fighter who once heckled US President Donald Trump during a 2016 campaign stop in Detroit, she says she didn't run to make history as Muslim. "If they tell you who they are, believe them the first time", she said.

She added: "I think people don't realise just how much of a roller-coaster it is and its happy chaos right now".

Another Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, who is running in Minnesota's 5th District, is also expected to win. She spent four years in Dadaab until her family was cleared to emigrate to the US.

In recent interviews Tlaib has voiced support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, slashing U.S. military aid to Israel and efforts to boycott the Jewish state. She has said she'll push for universal Medicare, a $15 minimum wage, sustainable environmental policies, public school funding and fair immigration policies.

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She won 78 percent of the vote over Republican Jennifer Zielinski.

She said her political life began attending local Democratic Farmer Labor party caucuses with her grandfather after arriving in the US.

Ms Omar did not know English when she went to the U.S. at the age 12.

In 2008, she became the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature.

Researchers found that people identifying as Republicans were most likely to hold negative ideas about Islam and Muslims.

Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men now in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.

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