Will a Muslim lead the Democratic Party of the United States?

Ellison is the first Muslim to be elected to Congress in American history and currently serves as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (AP)

Former 2016 presidential Democratic contender Bernie Sanders said he would be backing Keith Ellison – the first Muslim to be elected to the US Congress – for party’s leadership position.

The Democratic Party has been reeling since its loss in the US elections last week that saw its candidate Hillary Clinton lose out to President-Elect Donald Trump.

“I don't think the political establishment and the billionaires would like Keith Ellison as the DNC chair. Good! Join me in supporting Keith,” Sanders wrote.

According to the Washington Post, Ellison would represent a highly likely choice to be elected to the party’s chair position given his broad appeal to both sides of the party.

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“Ellison appeals to both of the party’s grassroots wings: the economic progressives who supported Bernie Sanders (whom Ellison endorsed) and social minority groups (Ellison was the first Muslim in Congress),” the Washington post reported.

The Muslim congressman was also endorsed on Thursday by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another strong progressive voice inside the party.

Ellison is the first Muslim to be elected to Congress in American history and currently serves as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.Net.

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