Sadiq Khan leads London race — Expected to be first Muslim mayor

Peace and Freedom

AFP and The Associated Press

Labour Party politician Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, led London’s mayoral race Friday, opening a lead over Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith that left him poised to be the city’s first Muslim mayor.

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Sadiq Khan meets locals at East Street Market in Walworth yesterday Getty

Labour was trounced in Scotland but lost fewer seats than many had expected elsewhere in local and regional elections that underscored Britain’s political divisions.

Khan won 44 percent of first-preference votes, compared to 35 percent for Goldsmith. Voters’ second preferences were being factored in to take one candidate over the 50 percent mark, and Khan’s victory was a strong statistical probability.

Even before the result was declared, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted congratulations to Khan on his apparent victory.

The race to replace Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson…

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