First Muslim female speaker elected in a State Parliament in Germany.
Muhterem Aras has been elected as the first Muslim woman to become the speaker of a state parliament in Germany.
Aras, 50, is a member of the Green Party and took the post in Baden-Württemberg state. “We wrote history today,” she said after sweeping in with a significant majority and said her victory sent a message of “openness, tolerance and successful integration.”
This is considered a ‘historic’ step for the country where thousands of refugees have risked their lives to reach from various countries around the world particularly Iraq and Syria which has seen brutal civil wars.