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The Latest: New Mexico's 1st Muslim lawmaker takes office


January 16, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on opening day of the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):

3 p.m.

New Mexico has sworn-in its first Muslim American lawmaker in state history.

Rep. Abbas Akhil, an Albuquerque Democrat, took the oath of office on Tuesday after winning a close race to represent a seat in Albuquerque.

Akhil is an immigrant from India and an active member of the Islamic Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He defeated Republican state Rep. Jim Dines.

Akhil says he was honored to take the Albuquerque seat and make New Mexico history.

He brought Imam Fazail Ahmad Shaik of...

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