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London elected its first Muslim mayor, here’s why it matters


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Sadiq Khan speaking at The learning Revolution. (DIUSGOVUK/Flickr)

Sadiq Khan won the London Mayoral elections to become the first Muslim mayor of the city. Khan is a member of the center-left party Labour Party whose leader is Jeremy Corbyn (he's kinda like the Bernie Sanders of the UK).

"My dad would be so proud that the city he chose to call home has chosen one of his children to be mayor ... I'm so proud that Londoners have today chosen hope over fear and unity over division ..."

Khan, 45, is the son of an immigrant bus driver and a seamstress. Before joining politics, he was a Human Rights lawyer. In May 2005, he became a Member of Parliament for Tooting, a district in South London.

He wants to tackle the city's housing shortage, freeze any hikes in public transportation fares, manage air pollution, and make London a "living wage city."

Some Brits weren't happy with the result. Just look at this tabloid:

Others are calling it a "landmark victory" for diversity.

Many people congratulated Khan.

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London elected its first Muslim mayor, here’s why it matters

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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