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UK: London mayor hopes to inspire Muslims with victory

8th May 2016
UK: London mayor hopes to inspire Muslims with victory

By Michael Sercan Daventry

 

LONDON (AA) – London’s first Muslim mayor on Saturday said he hoped his election victory would inspire other Muslims to enter politics, local media reported.

Speaking the day after he was confirmed as mayor, Sadiq Khan told broadcaster Sky News he hoped the result “encourages young people to get involved in mainstream politics, encourages Londoners of Islamic faith and other minority communities, encourages British Muslims and others to get involved in civic society and get involved in mainstream politics.”

Khan, the Labour Party candidate, won 56.8 percent of ballots, or 1.3 million votes, against Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith’s 43.2 percent.

The result was the largest mandate for a sole candidate in British electoral history after a campaign marked by attempts to link Khan to extremists.

“The decency of Londoners, the decency of British people, will always cut through,” he said at a swearing-in ceremony at Southwark Cathedral in south London.

Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, promised to be a “mayor for all Londoners” and said he wanted to preside over the “most transparent, honest and accessible administration London has ever seen.”

The new mayor received congratulations from around the world. However, UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has not congratulated Khan for his victory, said Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi.”David Cameron has not yet congratulated @SadiqKhan, the newly elected ‪#‎MayorofLondon‬. So sad.Unbecoming of a leader of a country,” he tweeted Saturday.

U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton tweeted: “Son of a Pakistani bus driver, champion of workers’ rights and human rights, and now Mayor of London. Congrats, @SadiqKhan”.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls posted: “Congratulations @SadiqKhan on your outstanding victory in London. Looking forward to welcoming you in France.”

Khan, a former human rights lawyer, became Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister in 2009 under Gordon Brown. He said he will step down from parliament after succeeding Conservative Boris Johnson as mayor.

Additional Reporting by The Muslim News

 

[Photo: Sadiq Khan, MP wins London Mayor Elections. Photographer: Steve Punter/Creative Commons]

One Response to “UK: London mayor hopes to inspire Muslims with victory”

Maqsood AhmedMay 8, 2016

Well, Tory have helped Honourable Sadiq Khan to be more noble by trying too hard to prove him extremist or friend of extremist. By any standard If Sadiq is extremist then rest of 3 million must of same ideology . Sadiq, well fought election and many congratulations on such a dignified election campaign and well earned voctory. Wish you well in your tenure as Number man of London.

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