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19 October 2010

Canada Elects First Muslim Mayor

FT322.jpgCalgary, Alberta, Canada (AHN) - Naheed Nenshi made Canadian history on Monday by being voted as the nation’s first Muslim mayor

Nenshi, 38, won as mayor of Calgary with 39 percent of votes based on 236 of 241 poll reports.

Nenshi beat alderman Ric McIver, who got 32 percent, and ex-CTV anchor Barb Higgins, who received 26 percent. Higgins was the front runner, but her support eventually dipped. Nenshi started with less support, but later on caught up and simply outran Higgins.

Nenshi will replace Mayor Dave Bronconnier, who opted not to run for re-election.

Nenshi is a professor at the Mount Royal University. His parents migrated to Canada when they were in their 30s with almost no money.

The Calgary elections also made city by registering a high 50 percent plus voter turnout,.

In other parts of Alberta, Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel was reelected for a third term, Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake had thrice the number of votes of her closest rival and Red Deer Mayor Morris Flewwelling apparently will win another term.



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