Labour's Sadiq Khan elected as London's first Muslim mayor

Labour Party candidate Sadiq Khan was elected as London's first ever Muslim mayor and the first Muslim mayor of a major European city after a crushing defeat for Conservative Party candidate Zac Goldsmith in London's mayoral elections, on Friday, May 6, 2016.

Sadiq Khan, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, was elected with over 44 percent of first preference votes and a total of 1,310,143 or 57 percent of total votes, defeating Goldsmith's 35.6 percent of first preference and 43 percent of total votes.

Khan's victory sent the current Conservative party mayor, Boris Johnson, packing after eight years of Tory Party control over City Hall. The victory was also seen as a defeat for the divisive, negative campaign strategy of Goldsmith, who attempted to smear Khan by associating his candidacy with 'terrorism' and 'extremism.'

Published on May 6, 2016.

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