Sweden elects first Muslim woman to parliament


Somali-Swedish politician Laila Ali Elmi has become the first East African Muslim woman  to be elected to the Swedish National Parliament, the Riksdag.

“I come from a suburb and grew up in a suburb, the issue that matters to me is school policy, in the socioeconomically deprived areas it’s pretty bad schools, we have to focus on the school and that’s the question that I will most focus on when I enter the Riksdag,” the hijabi politician said, Hiiraan.com reported.

Running on a Green Party ticket, Elmi will represent the Angered District in Gothenburg.

Gothenburg’s Angered district is home to 14,000 Somali community members and the largest East African community in Sweden, thus making Elmi the presumptive Angered district’s Riksdag representative.


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