US Election 2020: Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Re-elected

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Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who are known for their progressive stance, set to get majority in their respective constituencies in Michigan and Minnesota. — File photo

In 2018, the duo became the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress

Clarion India

NEW DELHI — Muslim-American Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who are known for their progressive stance, especially on Palestine and Kashmir, have won re-election to the US House of Representatives, with both lawmakers set to get majority in their respective constituencies in Michigan and Minnesota.

In 2018, the duo became the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress. In August this year they successfully overcame the initial challenge for the second term.

As the two Congresswomen were declared victorious, supportive groups took to social media to post congratulatory messages.

Omar was called a ‘Beacon of Hope’ in a message by Justice Democrats groups.

For Tlaib, a Jewish progress group said that they would continue supporting her fight for Palestinian freedom and against anti-semitism.

According to a report in Middle East Eye, Omar sent an email to her supporters late on Tuesday saying the victory was an “affirmation” of her agenda of centring marginalised people in politics.

US President Doland Trump has frequently attacked them for their criticism of US support to Israel’s anti-Palestine policy.

Tlaib told Middle East Eye last week that she would continue her advocacy for rights of the Palestinian people.

As millions of people came out to vote, Omar told Mehdi Hassan in an interview on Tuesday that “It’s quite depressing…the work we have to do to bring our country together is a generational work”.

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