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The Inauguration of America’s First Somali-American Elected Mayor by Voters

The city council of St. Louis Park in the US state of Minnesota has sworn in 27-year-old Nadia Mohamed as mayor, two months after she made history. Ms Mohamed secured 58% of the vote to win last November’s mayoral poll. She is also the youngest and the first Muslim and black elected mayor in the city, but has said that she wants to be known for more than her identity. She has listed public safety and affordable housing as some of the key issues she intends to tackle as mayor. Ms Mohamed was elected to the city’s council in 2019 at 23. Her family moved to Minnesota from Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp when she was 10, after fleeing war in Somalia.