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Monday, October 24, 2016

Londoners chose a Muslim in spite of the scandals

For the first time in British history the mayor of London became a Muslim. The candidate of the labour party Sadik Khan managed to obtain high office against the attacks of his opponents, who accused him of having links with religious extremists. Voted for by about 57% of the vote. And his opponent – conservative Zac goldsmith – the results of the voting gained much less – about 43%.

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Religious affiliation Sadiq Khan has become almost the main target of his political opponents. The British tabloids talking about relationships the candidate for mayor with the Islamists. So, The Sun published an article in which it was reported that his older sister was married to a lawyer MacBook Javadom, which had connections with the radical movement Hizb ut-Tahrir (banned and declared a terrorist in Russia – “MK”). Rival Khan and Zac goldsmith published an article in which he called on voters not to give the capital “the labour party, who recognize terrorists by their friends.” This material was illustrated image is undermined by terrorists of a bus in London in 2005.

This course like not all even in the ranks of the Conservative party. On approval of the Khan, his religion is just one aspect of his character. “We all have many identities – The Daily Beast quoted the words of the new mayor. – I’m a Londoner, I’m British, I’m English, I’m of Asian descent, a native of Pakistan, I’m the daddy, I’m a husband, and I long-suffering fan of Liverpool””. The safety of the inhabitants of the capital and the struggle with the radicals became one of the points of his election program. “I want to be a British Muslim extremists who conquers, conquers radicals, said Khan in an interview with The Washington Post. – I have a plan how we can make London safer.”

“He is considered a rising star in the labour party – said the “MK” head of the Center for British studies, Institute of Europe of Elena Ananyeva. – According to opinion polls held before the election, he won the goldsmith for such questions as “do you feel that the candidate will Express your interests?” Honesty, integrity, trust — all of these indicators Sadiq Khan won. Goldsmith — the son of a billionaire, and Khan is of Pakistani origin, he was the son of a bus driver and a seamstress. He had made himself. He really helped that Zac goldsmith and even Cameron joined the campaign in its denigration. This campaign is the Goldsmith for the benefit did not go. About Sadiq Khan is not to say that he’s a devout Muslim, because it is in Muslim circles is controversial. One Imam even issued a fatwa against him (legal norm or the position of the clergy – “MK”). He is not a fundamentalist, and quite secular. The Imam issued a fatwa against him because he supported the law on same-sex marriage”.

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