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London elects Sadiq Khan as first Muslim mayor

Labour party candidate Sadiq Khan became London's first Muslim mayor on Saturday after a bitter campaign against Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith.

Labour party candidate Sadiq Khan became London’s first Muslim mayor on Saturday after a bitter campaign against Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith.

Khan is the son of Pakistani immigrants and grew up in south London, where his dad worked as a bus driver.

In his victory speech, Khan acknowledged the bitter controversy that had occurred during the campaign – in which there were attempts to link him to sharing views with Islamic extremism.

Khan praised the voting results, stating that “the politics of fear is simply not welcome in our city.”

Khan received 57 percent of the vote while Goldsmith received 43 percent. The margin of approximately 14 percent is the largest personal mandate of any politician in U.K. history, according to BBC.

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