London votes for its first Muslim mayor

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Sadiq Khan has been elected London’s first Muslim mayor, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed victory for his opposition Labour Party.

Khan, the 45-year-old who grew up in public housing in inner city London and is the son of a bus driver, beat Conservative Zac Goldsmith (41), the son of a billionaire financier. […]

Khan held his lead in the opinion polls, despite accusations by Goldsmith that he has shared platforms with radical Muslim speakers and given “oxygen” to extremists.

Khan says he has fought extremism all his life and that he regrets sharing a stage with speakers who held “abhorrent” views. The Labour Party accused Goldsmith and the ruling Conservative Party of smearing Khan.

Goldsmith denied the charge, saying he had raised legitimate questions over his opponent’s judgment – but the tactics do seem to have backfired with some voters interviewed by Reuters saying they found the campaign “disgusting and slimy”.

While fighting those charges, Khan, a former human rights lawyer, also distanced himself from the newly elected Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after a row over anti-Semitism.

To break with tradition, I don’t want to editorialise too much about this.  Either they have let the fox in the hen house, or they have someone who actually understand the issues regarding Radical Islam and has deep and meaningful connections in the community that can be leveraged for a peaceful long-term Britain that includes Muslims living peacefully side by side with non-Muslims.

Only time will tell.

 

– Reuters via ODT


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