US election 2016: Like Trump, first Somali-American legislator elected

– Ilhan Omar, has became the first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator after she claimed a strong victory in Minnesota’s state house of representatives.

– The 34-year-old becomes the highest-ranking Somali elected to office in the US

Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar, becomes the first Somali legislator in the United States

Ilhan Omar, who proudly wears the hijab, has became the first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator after she claimed a strong victory in Minnesota’s state house of representatives.

The 34-year-old former refugee made history by becoming the first Somali legislator in the United States.

The Muslim Somali-American woman becomes the highest-ranking Somali elected to office in the US.

Her election comes just days after US President-elect Donald Trump accused Somali immigrants in Minnesota of “spreading their extremist views”.

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Minnesota has the nation’s largest Somali community about 50,000 according to the US census.

Ms Omar celebrating her victory said she would be the“voice for the marginalised” in the state parliament.

She said: “I think I bring the voice of young people. I think I bring 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.”

Ms Omar escaped from Somalia with her family at the start of the civil war when she was eight years old.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s team has deleted the statement on his website to ban Muslims from entering the US.

The Republican had demanded a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until the country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

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