Finland’s first Member of Parliament born in Somalia was officially sworn in

Ahmed said Ahmed (From left) has officially taken the oath as a Member of Parliament and has become Finland’s first Member of Parliament with a Somali background.

The Helsinki City Councilor will replace the party’s colleague and outgoing Member of Parliament Paavo Arhinmäki (Left), who left Parliament to become Deputy Mayor of Helsinki.

Ahmed told Yle News that he is still "can’t really believe" he is now a Member of Parliament.

"If someone had told a refugee-backed, single-parent mother, a teenage Suldan, that one day you would become a Finnish legislator, I wouldn’t have believed it," he said. "There was no one like me in Parliament when I grew up."

He added that he intended to help "to build a better Finland" while in parliament.

"I want Finland where every young person, regardless of background or starting point, can make their dreams come true. I hope that my choice here will send a message to young people that anything is possible," he added.

Said Ahmed and two other future MPs – Atte Kaleva (NCP) and Jari Kinnunen (NCP) – was formally announced by the President of Parliament Anu Vehviläinen (Cen) in plenary on Thursday afternoon.

Kaleva and Kinnunen exchange colleagues for the party Anna-Kaisa Ikonen and Juhana Vartiainen, who became mayors of Tampere and Helsinki.

Said Ahmed was born in Somalia in 1993 and moved to Finland in 2008. He was elected to the Helsinki City Council in the 2017 municipal elections and received more than 1,000 votes, and was re-elected to the council in the last municipal elections in June. increased its vote by 1,634.

Source: The Nordic Page


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