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World Sadiq Khan, the face of diversity and continuity in London

10:25  04 may  2021
10:25  04 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le maire sortant de Londres Sadiq Khan lors de sa campagne le 9 avril 2021. © Niklas Halle'n The leaving Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during his campaign on April 9, 2021.

After offering a new face in London, he is seen as that of continuity. The Labor Sadiq Khan has risen at the top of the British capital without forgetting its foreign and modest origins, of which it is proud.

The 50-year-old elected, former specialized lawyer in human rights, had for the first time delighted the town hall of London in 2016, becoming the first Muslim to lead a Western capital. Surveys give it widely re-elected during municipal Thursday.

A remarkable rise for this son of Pakistani immigrants, who grew up in social housing, as his conservative opponent with Jamaican roots, Shaun Bailey.

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During his term, Sadiq Khan has carved out a name as EUROPHILE convinced, fierce towards Brexit and his apostle, Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his predecessor to the town hall.

This small template of 1m65 to the hair pepper and salt also makes talk about him for his skirmishes with the American President Donald Trump, who targets him personally during a wave of jihadist attacks in London.

"Once, he qualified (...) of Loser. One of us is a loser, and it's not me", pleasant Sadiq Khan, interviewed by AFP a week before the ballot, revealing a foolproof will.

- "Employment, employment, employment" -

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During its first term, it has froze the price of public transport and created low-emission areas to combat car pollution.

It is, however, to blame itself of having been able to stem the White Weapon attacks, a scourge it attributes to the decline in police workforce arising from the austerity measures of the Conservative governments.

More recently, he has put in place a commission to improve diversity in the public space, in the wake of the Black Live Matter movement that had resulted in the deburgling of slavery statues in the United Kingdom.


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"The General Consensus is that it relied on transport and environment, But nothing spectacular ", Analysis Steven Fielding, Politologist at the University of Nottingham, interviewed by AFP.

- Boxing -

In a country where the policy is still the prerogative of a predominantly white elite, Sadiq Khan had said that he had "never imagined" to be chosen to compete as mayor, a few months before his election.

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attended him the public high school of his neighborhood, not frankly reputed, and the University of North London.

saying duty "Everything in London", he encourages Londonians Muslims and other minorities after his victory to follow his example.

Sadiq Khan was born on October 8, 1970 in a Pakistani family then immigrant in the UK recently.

He grew up in a hlm housing atoting, popular district of southern London, with six brothers and sister. His father was a bus driver, his seamstress mother.

At school, he wants to study science first to become dentist.

But one of his teachers looks forward to his gift for oratorical games and directs them to law studies. He will chair the Liberty NGO for three years.

In the street too, Sadiq Khan is eye-catching: Child, it is boxing to be able to easily fold off the cabs of those who dare to treat "Paki".

is 15 years old, he adheres to the Labor Party when Margaret Thatcher is in power. He was elected Wandsworth City Councilor, southern London, in 1994, until 2006.

In 2005, he abandons his career as a lawyer to be elected deputy of Toting, where he lives with his wife and two girls.

Three years later, Gordon Brown offers him the position of minister in charge of communities, then that of transport the following year. He becomes the first Muslim to sit in the cabinet of a British Prime Minister. Will

be one day the Muslim Prime Minister of the country? There will be one "in the future not too far away," he says to AFP. "But it will not be me" because "I like being mayor of London".

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