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    Somali refugee Ilhan Omar elected to US Congress

    One-time Somali refugee Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, has been elected into the US House of Representatives, BBC reports.

    Ms Omar, 36, migrated to the US as a teenager.

    She beat Republican Jennifer Zielinski to win a seat to represent Minnesota.

    Ilhan Omar has made history after becoming the first Muslim congresswoman, along with Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, and the first Somali American to be elected in Congress. 

    Omar, who came to the US as a refugee, pushed a progressive agenda, including a $15 minimum wage and subsidizing higher education costs for low-income students.

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