In historic first, Muslim candidate set to win London mayoral election

By JTA
May 6, 2016 19:50

 
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With half of the votes counted in London’s local election, Sadiq Khan of Labor maintained a strong lead over the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith.

The son of a British Jewish father, Goldsmith, who does not identify himself as a member of the Jewish community, was seen as having conducted a lethargic campaign but was nonetheless expected to give Khan, a Muslim from a Pakistani immigrant family, stiff competition because the election Thursday was held in the shadow of a spiraling scandal within Labor involving accusations of anti-Semitism.

But Khan was nonetheless seen as poised to become London’s first Muslim mayor on Friday afternoon, after half of the millions of votes cast were counted, London’s Evening Standard reported. The daily did not specify by how much Khan was leading Goldsmith.

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