London historically elects first Muslim mayor

LONDON, May 7 (KUNA) — Sadiq Khan, a Muslim and Labour Party politician, has been elected the mayor of London on Saturday marking a political milestone in the Western world.
Khan, 45, is the new mayor after beating Tory Zac Goldsmith by 1.310,143 votes to 994,614 in election.
The London-born son of Pakistani immigrants, Khan grew up with his six brothers and sister in a three-bedroom, public housing apartment.
Khan’s victory ends eight years of Conservative control of City Hall.
The former Labour MP and minister becomes London’s third mayor after Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson.
In his victory speech, Khan referred to his humble origins on a council estate and said he had never imagined that “someone like me could be elected as mayor of London,” promising to be a mayor “for all Londoners.” He said the campaign had not been without controversy, but added: “I am so proud that London has today chosen hope over fear.” He added that the “politics of fear is not welcome in our city.” He studied law, became a university lecturer and the chairman of a civil liberties group, and was elected to Parliament in 2005.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led congratulations by telling the new mayor “can’t wait to work with you to create a London that is fair for all.” Affordable housing in a city increasingly drawing the super-rich, aging infrastructure, and transportation are top issues facing the new mayor. (end) mrn.mb

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