A Kenyan woman namely Lucy Gichuhi has been elected a Senator in Australia, becoming the first African senator in Australia after the High Court ordered a recount of votes, reports ABC News.
The Kenyan-born lawyer migrated to Australia in 1999, became an Australian citizen in 2001, and will become the first person of African descent elected to Federal Parliament.
She was second on the Family First ticket in South Australia, after her predecessor, Mr Day.
“I am honoured and grateful for this opportunity to serve Australia. I see it as an opportunity to give back to this great nation,” Ms Gichuhi said; as quoted by ABC news.
“I do not intend on commenting on the processes that have brought us to this point. As a lawyer, I am deeply respectful of both the legal and electoral processes.
“I am an Australian citizen and am eligible to serve. I will continue to take advice on all of these matters as we move forward.”
There have been concerns Ms Gichuhi could face a legal challenge to her own eligibility to sit in the Senate because of her nationality.
She maintained she had never held dual citizenship, which could prevent her from taking her seat in the red chamber.
Acting shadow attorney-general Katy Gallagher said it was a “complicated legal issue”.
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