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#YallaImpeach: Congresswoman Tlaib rallies support for Trump's impeachment

Tlaib starts hashtag employing colloquial Arabic word 'yalla', which means 'come on'
Majority of House of Representatives now favours impeachment inquiry into Trump's presidency (AFP)

Nine months after Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib made international headlines for using an expletive to call for President Donald Trump's impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has finally decided to formally take action towards possibly removing the US president from office.

On Thursday, Tlaib revelled in the prospect, starting the hashtag #YallaImpeach - employing the colloquial Arabic word yalla, which means "come on".

The congresswoman has used it as a rallying call to garner support for removing the president from office.

Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry after allegations surfaced that Trump had used his office to pressure Ukraine into investigating presidential candidate and Democratic rival Joe Biden to help secure the president's re-election.

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A majority of members of the House of Representatives, 221, are currently in favour of an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

The hashtag #YallaImpeach began to trend on Thursday as users took to the social media platform to call for his impeachment.

Tlaib has been highly vocal about impeaching Trump, calling for his removal multiple times.

"This is about electing the jury that's going to impeach him, and I make a heck of a juror," she told Middle East Eye in 2018, prior to becoming a congresswoman.

In January, Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, used an expletive to call for the president to be removed from office.

Also, it is not the first time the word "yalla" has been used as a rallying cry in American politics.

For years, the Arab American Institute, a Washington-based think-tank, has used the slogan "Yallah Vote" to increase political participation from the Arab community in US elections.

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