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Kenyan-born Australian wins Senate seat

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Family First’s Lucy Gichuhi has been confirmed as South Australia’s new senator despite a late challenge by Labor.

The High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, on Wednesday declared the Family First candidate was duly elected.

Labor had wanted to challenge Ms Gichuhi’s eligibility on the grounds there were issues about her Kenyan citizenship after she became an Australian citizen, but the court said it came too late.

Ms Gichuhi won the special recount of the South Australian senate vote last week.

The recount was prompted when the High Court ruled former Family First senator Bob Day had been ineligible to stand at the 2016 federal election.

 

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