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First Calgary Muslim Mayor Naheed Nenshi Wins Reelection Bid

Official reports showed that 41-year-old Nenshi easily won a second term with 74 percent of the vote in Monday’s civil election in Calgary.

“The secret of our success in this community is very simple. We’ve learned a basic truth that evades so many in this broken world,” Nenshi said during his victory speech, adding that “We’re all in it together. Our neighbor’s pain is our pain; our neighbor’s success is our success.”

The incumbent mayor effortlessly beat out eight opponents, including a former provincial cabinet minister, a marijuana advocate and an anti-abortion activist.

Nenshi’s primary issues incorporated a desire to increase population density in the downtown core versus suburban areas, which have recently rewarded the homebuilder lobby group.

“We'll continue to build even better government. My 20,000 colleagues proved something this summer - they proved how lucky we are to live in a city where public service works,” Nenshi added.

The Harvard graduate has received national attention and been praised for his handling of the devastating floods that hit Calgary’s 1.1 million population in June. More than 100,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in the city and the surrounding areas.

Calgary voters also re-elected most of the incumbents to city council.

Due to a change in provincial law, winners of this year’s municipal elections will serve a four-year term, a year longer than the previous term.

Source: Press TV