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Former Eritrean Refugee Becomes New Zealand’s First African MP

Refugees and the living wage | RNZ

An Eritrean former refugee has become New Zeland’s first African MP following Labour Party’s biggest victory in 50 years.

Ibrahim Omer is now a list MP having ranked 42 in the Labour Party list.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s party won enough seats to allow Mr Ibrahim to be in parliament.

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During campaigns Mr Ibrahim said he wanted to “fight for people in the positions he has been in to have better opportunities for a decent life”.

He fled Eritrea in 2003 into a refugee camp in neighbouring Sudan. He was later resettled in New Zealand where he worked as a cleaner at Victoria University.

He studied at the university while working as a cleaning supervisor and got involved in politics while there.

Mr Ibrahim said his win was “for the low paid workers” and “former refugees”.

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