Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, became London's first Muslim mayor on Saturday, winning majority of the votes against a Conservative opponent who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed win for his opposition Labour Party. 45-year-old Khan's victory makes him the first Muslim to head a major Western capital. Khan who grew up in public housing in inner city London, was running against Conservative "rich kid" Zac Goldsmith, 41, the son of a billionaire financier.
Sadiq Khan will now replace former Conservative Mayor, Boris Johnson, who ran the city of 8.6 million people for eight years. Moving forward, Johnson is seen as a contender to succeed David Cameron as party leader and prime minister.
Khan, looking exhausted after a much delayed result, made an emotional speech referencing his Pakistani father, who he said would have been "proud that the city he chose to call his home, has now chosen one of his children to be the mayor."