Kenyan-born woman becomes Australian senator

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Kenya-born born Lucy Gichuhi is set to become the first person of African descent to sit in Australia’s 76-seat senate if her election is confirmed by the high court, the Guardian reports.

The upper house of Australia’s parliament has the power to both amend and block legislation.

She took the seat after her colleague from the Family First party, who originally won the election, was forced to step down.

Ms Gichuhi, a lawyer, moved to Australia in 1999 and became a citizen two years later, ABC news reports.

ABC quotes a statement from her saying:

“I am honoured and grateful for this opportunity to serve Australia. I see it as an opportunity to give back to this great nation.”

The website adds that she could face a challenge herself if she is found to have held dual citizenship at some point, but she says she is “eligible to serve”.