Sweden’s first Muslim lawmaker
By Guardian Exclusive
19 December 2018 | 8:30 am
Sweden has its first Muslim parliamentarian and she's not originally from the Scandinavian country. Leila Ali Elmi is the first Muslim in the Sweden Parliament and has promised to be a voice for immigrants.
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