Germany: First Muslim Woman elected Speaker of state parliament


Muhterem Aras is congratulated on being elected president of the Baden-Wuerttemberg state parliament on 11 May 2016. (EPA)

Source: Independent

The first Muslim woman has been elected as the speaker of a state parliament in Germany in what she hailed as a “historic” step for the country.

Muhterem Aras, a Green Party politician, took the post in Baden-Württemberg from a member of a populist anti-immigration party on Wednesday.

“We wrote history today,” she said after sweeping in with a significant majority.

Ms Aras, 50, said her victory sent a message of “openness, tolerance and successful integration”, The Local reported.

Born in Turkey, she moved to a town near Stuttgart with her parents as a child and studied economics before founding her own tax advice firm.

Her political career started in 1992, standing for the Greens on the local council and rising through the local party to become its local leader and enter the Baden-Württemberg state parliament.

She was elected as “Landtagspräsident” by 96 local MPs, becoming the first Muslim woman to take the office.

The election came amid continuing tensions over religion, immigration and extremism in Germany, where a man reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” stabbed four people at a railway station on Tuesday.

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  1. Muhterem Aras and Sidiq Khan are Liberal Muslim.
    Liberal Muslim’s Women do not need to cover her hair.(hijab)

    Muslim who is elected in the Christian’s majority city was a Liberal Muslim for sure.. Because the true Islamic teaching is respect and accept the different belief, religion, gender (gay lesbian) and atheist, but the extreamist Muslim can not be elected absolutely.

    The true Muslim is the Liberal Muslim, not extremist Muslim.
    I believe that Ahmadiyah is not Liberal Muslim, is not it?
    Was Salam–with love


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