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Maryam Monsef was hailed as Canada's first Afghan-born member of Parliament. Then news broke that she was born in Iran

Maryam Monsef was hailed as Canada's first Afghan-born member of Parliament. Then news broke that she was born in Iran

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added Maryam Monsef to his Cabinet last year, his government touted her as the country’s first Afghan-born member of Parliament. President Obama also singled out her story when he addressed the Canadian House of Commons in June. 

Monsef herself made her Afghan roots a key part of her narrative when she ran for a seat in Parliament in 2015. She was born in Herat, Afghanistan, she said, and came to Canada as a refugee at age 11 with her widowed mother and two younger sisters.

But last week, it emerged that the lawmaker was actually born in Iran, raising questions about the validity of...

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