Connecticut elects first Muslim mayor

The U.S. state of Connecticut has elected M. Saud Anwar as the mayor of South Windsor.

Connecticut elects first Muslim mayor

World Bulletin / News Desk

M. Saud Anwar has become the mayor of the U.S. state of Connecticut’s South Windsor. The Democrat representative becomes the state’s first Muslim mayor.

The Pakistan-born mayor, 46, moved to the US in 1991, where he went on to study and graduate from Yale University with master's degree in public health.

Speaking on his election Anwar said, “Our community has been a very accepting community…We live in an embracing town where people are respected for who they are and for what they do rather than what they look like or what their belief is...that's one of the things that makes you fall in love with South Windsor.”

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said the election was “a good sign for the normalization of Muslims in the American political process,” before adding, “We're seeing more and more Muslim public officials around the country…The first of any kind of civic participation is newsworthy, but as more enter the political process, it becomes less newsworthy.”

Basing his political theory on his knowledge of the human anatomy, Anwar said, “You can look at a town as one single, large patient and you can see the public works organ system, the police and safety organ system, the financial organ system ... all of those organ systems need to work collaboratively to make a healthy patient and a healthy town.”

Last Mod: 22 Kasım 2013, 09:13
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