Clinton congratulates newly elected London mayor

Sadiq Khan makes history in London's mayoral race
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  • London's mayoral contest made international headlines as race and religion emerged as central issues
  • Khan's election makes him the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital city

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton congratulated the newly elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in a tweet Saturday morning.

"Son of a Pakistani bus driver, champion of workers' rights and human rights, and now Mayor of London. Congrats, @SadiqKhan. --H" Clinton wrote.
    London's mayoral contest made international headlines as race and religion emerged as central issues, as Khan's election makes him the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital city. Clinton's tweet does not mention his religion.
    Islamic extremism is a key issue in the 2016 presidential race, especially after Donald Trump, now the presumptive Republican nominee, proposed in December a temporary ban of all Muslims from entering the United States.
    Republicans and Democrats alike denounced the proposal, with Clinton calling the plan "reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive" shortly after Trump's remarks.