Sadiq Khan Becomes London's 1st Muslim Mayor

He won with 57% of the vote
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 6, 2016 11:09 AM CDT
Updated May 6, 2016 7:06 PM CDT
Sadiq Khan was elected London's first Muslim mayor.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

(Newser) – Labour Party politician Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, was elected mayor of London with 1.3 million votes—57% of the total—the AP reports. The final result came after midnight Saturday, more than 24 hours after the polls closed. He defeated Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith. The race to replace Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson was marred by American-style negative campaigning and allegations of extremism and fear-mongering.

Goldsmith, a wealthy environmentalist, described Khan as "dangerous" and accused his opponent of giving "platforms, oxygen, and even cover" to Islamic extremists—a charge repeated by Prime Minister David Cameron and other senior Conservatives. Khan, who calls himself "the British Muslim who will take the fight to the extremists," accused Goldsmith of trying to scare and divide voters in a proudly multicultural city of 8.6 million people—more than 1 million of them Muslims. (Read more London stories.)

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