111-year-old Iraqi woman sworn in as US citizen

Warina Zaya Bashou, 111, recites the oath of allegiance administered by District Judge David Lawson, foreground, as family friends Pam and Steve Shammami interpret during her ceremony to become a United States citizen Friday at her home in Sterling Heights. (AP)

An Iraqi native has become a US citizen at age 111.

WWJ-AM reports that Warina Zaya Bashou took the oath of citizenship Friday at her Sterling Heights home, north of Detroit.

The radio station says Bashou was surrounded by about a dozen relatives and friends during the ceremony.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Marilu Cabrera says Bashou was born in 1900 and is the second-oldest person on record to be naturalized.

Bashou credits her longevity to drinking green tea.

Bashou has been in the United States nine years. She said through an interpreter that becoming a citizen is something she wanted to do for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to remember her by.

She turns 112 in July.

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