Sadiq Khan Is Voted London’s First Muslim Mayor
UPDATE: The second round of votes gave Khan a resounding win over Goldsmith, and he now has a total of 57 precent to Goldsmith’s 43 percent.
Neither candidate obtained 50 percent of the vote, which means the election moves to a second round. Here, all but the top two candidates will stay in the race. Any voter whose first choice candidate is knocked out of the running, and picked Khan or Goldsmith as their second choice on the ballot, will now have their vote added to the leading contenders.
Predictions suggest the Conservative Party’s Goldsmith has too much ground to cover to be able to beat 45-year-old Khan—who will likely be named the first Muslim to be elected to the office.
Although official results are expected late Friday night, politicians and media are already calling Khan the winner.
Running on a platform of policies—which includes dealing with London’s current lack of affordable housing, instituting a modern and economical transportation system, and restoring the city to safe air quality levels—Khan looks to the mayoral seat with a 45.6 percent voter turnout, reported the BBC.
In 2005, Khan was elected Member of Parliament for Tooting—in South London—after working as a human rights lawyer, specifically in employment and discrimination law.
This wouldn’t be Khan’s first time making history; he was the first Muslim to win a London constituency when he won Tooting 11 years ago.
Under Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Khan held the offices of Minister of State for Communities and Minister of State for Transport.
According to CNBC, Khan was born into humble beginnings. His parents—one a bus driver, the other a seamstress—were Pakistani immigrants of Indian descent. Khan, a native of London, was raised in government subsidized housing and attended public school
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) May 6, 2016
Khan’s major opponent, Zac Goldsmith, a Tory, has run a campaign that critics have called “dirty” and “racist,” especially his December 2015 six-point list of attacks on his opponent.
— Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) May 1, 2016
If Kahn wins, he will succeed Boris Johnson, a Conservative who held the position for a total of eight years, or two terms.
In Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has won its third consecutive election, a first for any party in the history of the Scottish Parliament. Despite this, however, the SNP did not win a majority of parliamentary seats, securing just 49% of all seats.