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US elects second Muslim, Palestinian representative

Palestinian congresswoman Iman Jodeh [Iman Jodeh/Facebook]
Palestinian congresswoman Iman Jodeh [Iman Jodeh/Facebook]

Democratic party candidate Iman Jodeh has been selected to the Colorado House of Representatives beating Republican candidate Robert Andrews in the polls yesterday.

Commenting on the news on Twitter, Jodeh wrote: "We did it! I ran to make the #AmericanDream a reality for Everyone. I am a proud #Muslim#PalestinianAmerican, & #firstgeneration American. And I am proud to be able to represent my communities & the people of #hd41 in the #Colorado state legislature! Now, let's get to work."

One of her supporters wrote on Twitter: "Iman Jodeh, a Democrat in Colorado's House District 41, will be the first Muslim state legislator in state history."

Jodeh was born in Colorado to two Palestinian parents who immigrated to the US in 1974. She holds an MA in General Administration.

Fellow Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib was re-elected to her seat in Michigan, while progressive Muslims congresswoman Ilhan Omar also regained her position in Minnesota following the election.

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Update on 12 November 2020 03.39 GMT an earlier version of the article said Iman Jodeh had been elected to Congress when she has gained a position on the Colorado State House of Representatives

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