Somali woman who lived in Kenyan refugee camp elected to US Congress

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI won their respective races and will represent their districts in the House of Representatives.

Voters in the United States (US) went to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, to participate in midterm elections that will help define the fate of President Donald Trump's first term in office after two years.

The two women will increase the total number of Muslims in the House to three - African American congressman Andre Carson has also won re-election in his Democratic district in Indiana.

Rashida Tlaib will be the nation's first Muslim woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

A Somali-American woman who lived briefly as a refugee at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Garissa County has been elected to Congress in America's midterm elections.

"I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", she said amid cheers.

Rashida Tlaib also won a seat in her district, Michigan.

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She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

"This is someone who has cozied up to white nationalists... we should recognize him as what he is and more the conversation beyond him, beyond this divisiveness and to a place of hope, inclusion", Omar added. The first refugee ever elected to Congress.

She beat Republican Jennifer Zielinski to take Keith Ellison's seat, which he vacated to run for Minnesota attorney general.

"We did this, together", she wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, projected to win a fifth term in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections, has visited Kenya twice in recent years.

In February, Omar spoke openly about what she saw as the president's prejudice against Muslims, saying there is no debate about "whether Trump is a racist".

Tlaib, 42, was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

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