Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Minnesota legislator Ilhan Omar and her husband meet with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
Mogadishu (HOL) - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with Ilhan Omar, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in the United States on Tuesday at Villa Somalia.
Accompanied by her husband, Ilhan Omar was welcomed to the presidential palace by Abdirahman Osman.
Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American legislator in the history of the United States. She was born in Mogadishu before fleeing to a Kenyan refugee camp on the onset of the Somali civil war.
President Mohamud thanked Ilhan for visiting her motherland and congratulated her on victory this past November. The pair met briefly and discussed the political atmosphere in Somalia including upcoming elections.
During their meeting, Ms. Omar welcomed the 30% quota allocated for women in parliament and urged the President to do anything in his power to achieve that benchmark.