Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar first Muslim women to US Congress
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Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar first Muslim women to US Congress

Democrats Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota both won the US House seats on Tuesday and became the first Muslim women ever elected to US Congress.

Omar will fill the seat of Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who was the first Muslim person elected to the body and left his seat to run for state attorney general.

Earlier, these progressive candidates were all but guaranteed to win in the general election, with Tlaib facing no Republican challengers in Michigan’s 13th District while Omar the favourite to prevail in Minnesota’s solidly Democratic 5th District.

Tlaib, 42, and Omar, 37, were part of a record number of Muslim candidates who ran in 2018. (UNI)