Somali girl who sought refuge in Kenya makes history with US election win

November 10, 2016 7:47 pm
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Former refugee Ilhan Omar became America’s first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator on Wednesday/AFP
Former refugee Ilhan Omar became America’s first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator on Wednesday/AFP

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – Publications from all over the world have carried what would be termed as terrifying headlines over the election of billionaire Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

It is what many never expected would happen going with the global rating of his competitor Hillary Clinton, who prides herself with 30 years in politics.

The outcome was not received warmly by all Americans with some taking to the street where they chanted anti-Trump’s slogans.

There was however another unexpected piece of news that made it into the history books when Ilhan Omar won a Minneota House seat, becoming the first Somali-American legislator.

The 34-year-old American won House District 60B which comprises parts of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, southeast Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota.

She was voted in by 80 percent of the electorate.

“I think I bring the voice of young people. We must work to bring the power within our community together while advancing the agenda focused in justice and the common good,” she said. “We will never stop fighting for a democracy that works for of us.”

In her acceptance speech, she promised to represent the, “ voice of women in the East African community. I bring the voice of Muslims. I bring the voice of young mothers looking for opportunities.”

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