Op Ed| Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar is reportedly divorcing from her husband, Ahmed Hirsi.
The Hill explains that Omar filed for divorce on Friday, as confirmed by her attorney according to the news outet.
“As with all marriages, this is intensely personal and a difficult time for their family,” attorney Jaime Driggs explained in a statement.
Via The Hill:
The couple has a seemingly complicated past, and their marriage had been in the spotlight long before TMZ first reported the divorce news on Monday.
Omar and Hirsi became engaged in 2002 but never legally married. The pair had two children together before separating in 2008.
Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009 and later said the two obtained a divorce in their Muslim faith tradition — albeit not a legal one — in 2011.
Omar and Hirsi reconciled after that and had a third child together in 2012. The lawmaker officially filed to divorce Elmi in 2017, and legally married Hirsi in 2018.
Earlier in 2019, it was found by a Minnesota finance board that Omar and her husband had filed joint tax returns in both 2014 and 2015, at the same time that Omar was apparently still married to Elmi.
Driggs said on Monday, “For years, Ilhan and Ahmed have been the object of speculation and innuendo from political opponents and the media. This has taken a significant toll on Ilhan, Ahmed, and their three children.”
Driggs went on, “Just like any other family navigating this kind of transition. Ilhan wishes to have their privacy respected for themselves and their children and will not be commenting any further.”
According to the Hill, “Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and a member of the so-called ‘Squad,’ is a frequent subject of criticism from President Trump, who plans to hold a rally in her district on Thursday as part of his bid to flip Minnesota from blue to red in 2020.”
“There has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship,” the court documents filed in Minnesota say, as reported by the New York Post on Monday:
Omar said neither partner is seeking an order of protection and she seeks the court to grant them “joint legal and physical custody” of their three minor children.
She also asked the court to determine child support to “serve the minor children’s best interest” and award the “marital property” as the court “may deem just and equitable.”
Does this mean that Omar is finally going to have to answer for all the … discrepancies and … seemingly illegal acts which the Congresswoman has been accused of? That remains to be seen…
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