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In U.S., 99-Year-Old Woman From Iran Becomes Citizen

Source: RFE/RL

A 99-year-old woman who was born in Iran has obtained U.S. citizenship in Los Angeles,15 years after moving to the United States. Khatoun Khoykani joined about 3,700 other people on July 26 for a naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

New American Khatoun Novasartian Khoykani, a 99-year-old woman from Iran cries as she becomes a U.S. citizen (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes).
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"I'm so excited, I can't even think," Khoykani said,, speaking in Farsi.

Khoykani left her native Iran in the early 1980s, shortly after the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Los Angeles says Khoykani's achievement is rare.

It says only 27 people older than 100 have become naturalized U.S. citizens in the past 50 years.

Based on reporting by AP and ABC

Copyright (c) 2013 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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