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Soher El Sukaria

Soher El Sukaria
National Deputy
In office
10 December 2019 – 10 December 2023
ConstituencyCórdoba
Provincial Legislator of Córdoba
In office
10 December 2015 – 10 December 2019
Personal details
Born (1975-05-16) 16 May 1975 (age 48)
Jdeide, Lebanon
Political partyRepublican Proposal (since 2013)
Other political
affiliations
Juntos por el Cambio (2015–present)
Alma materNational University of Córdoba

Soher El Sukaria (born 16 May 1975) is a Lebanese-born Argentine politician. She was a member of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies elected in Córdoba Province from 2019 to 2023. A member of Republican Proposal, El Sukaria previously served as a member of the Córdoba Provincial Legislature from 2015 to 2019.

A practicing Muslim, El Sukaria is the first Muslim woman elected to the Argentine Congress. Since 2023, she has been a councilwoman in the city of Córdoba.

Early life and education

El Sukaria was born on 16 May 1975 in Jdeide, a small village in northeastern Lebanon.[1] Her mother, Rosa, is Argentine of Arab descent, while her father, Mounif, was a prominent Sunni imam in Córdoba until his death in 2002. Her parents met during a trip to Lebanon and married there; Soher was born shortly thereafter. The family moved back to Argentina when Soher was a month old, settling in Córdoba.[2]

El Sukaria studied law at the National University of Córdoba and attained a master's degree on International Relations from the same university. She also has a master's degree on International Relations from the International University of Andalusia.[3]

Political career

At the 2015 general election, El Sukaria was a candidate in the Juntos por Córdoba list to the Córdoba Provincial Legislature; she was elected.[1] She was later appointed president of the City of Córdoba chapter of the Republican Proposal.[4]

El Sukaria was the second candidate in the Córdoba Province Juntos por el Cambio list to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies in the 2019 general election, behind Mario Negri; the list was the most voted in the province, and El Sukaria was elected.[5] Upon being elected, El Sukaria became the first Muslim woman elected to the National Congress of Argentina – a number of Muslim men, most prominently Eduardo Menem, had previously served in both houses of Congress before.[3]

Electoral history

Electoral history of Soher El Sukaria
Election Office List # District Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
2015 Provincial Legislator Together for Córdoba Provincial List 532,322 32.72% 2nd[a] Elected [6]
2019 National Deputy Juntos por el Cambio 2 Córdoba Province 1,140,338 51.32% 1st[a] Elected [7]
  1. ^ a b Presented on an electoral list. The data shown represents the share of the vote the entire party/alliance received in that constituency.

References

  1. ^ a b "SOHER EL SUKARIA". HCDN (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  2. ^ Tesei, Patricio (20 October 2019). "Nació en el Líbano, vive en Córdoba y puede convertirse en la primera diputada musulmana". Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b Etcheberry, María Paula (12 July 2019). "En el cuarto oscuro. Soher El Sukaria, la candidata que puede convertirse en la primera diputada musulmana". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  4. ^ Passero, Yanina (5 March 2020). "La pelea por el PRO se concentra en bastión clave: la Capital". Diario Alfil (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Escrutinio definitivo: Macri ratificó su amplio triunfo en Córdoba y Fernández su holgada victoria en Santiago del Estero". Infobae (in Spanish). 4 November 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Escrutinio Definitivo". justiciacordoba.gob.ar (in Spanish). Fuero Electoral de la Provincia de Córdoba. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  7. ^ "Elecciones 2019". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
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