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Somali-American wins Minneapolis council seat

November 6, 2013
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Voters in Minneapolis have sent a Somali-American to their city council for the first time, a sign of the immigrant community's growing strength in the city.

Abdi Warsame (war-SAHM'-ee) took 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, well ahead of incumbent Robert Lilligren.

Both the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio report that Warsame will become the highest-ranking elected Somali-American in the U.S. when he takes office.

Warsame, 35, left Somalia as a child and spent much of his life in England. He moved to Minneapolis in 2006 and heads a tenant association in a Minneapolis high-rise that is home to some 4,000 East Africans, Minnesota Public Radio reported ( ).

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is home to the highest concentration of Somali immigrants in the United States.



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