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Rashida Tlaib to become first Muslim woman elected to US Congress

10-8-2018

Rashida Tlaib is set to become the first Muslim woman in the US Congress after winning on Wednesday the Democratic Party primary for a house seat in the state of Michigan. Tlaib, the oldest of 14 children from a Palestinian immigrant family in Detroit, chose to study law and became an advocate for social justice and environment. In the primary election, she won 33.6% of the vote against other candidates. Since no Republican politician is running for the seat in the 13th Congressional District in Michigan, Tlaib is expected to easily win by acclamation in the upcoming November 6 elections. In a message she wanted to broadcast through an interview with CNN, Tlaib said: “It’s not about just being out there and flaunting your faith. I always say that I showcase Islam in an impactful way through public service.” (Al Diyar, August 10, 2018)

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