First Foreign-Born Woman Joins Iceland’s Parliament

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First Foreign-Born Woman Joins Iceland’s Parliament

Amal Tamimi became the first woman of foreign origin to take a seat at Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, on Thursday when she served as a substitute for Lúdvík Geirsson, MP of the Social-Democratic Alliance.

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Inside Althingi. Archive photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Tamimi, who originally comes from Palestine, is a mother of six and has lived in Iceland for 16 years. She earned Icelandic citizenship in 2002, ruv.is reports.

Tamimi works as managing director for the Equality Center in Hafnarfjördur, a position she has served since 2008.

In parliament, her main emphasis will be on the matters of minority groups such as homosexuals, immigrants, single parents and people with disabilities, she said.

ESA