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UK Elections: 25-Year-Old Muslim Challenges Boris Johnson

This Muslim candidate could be the first person in history to oust a sitting British Prime Minister. He thinks he can do it

Running for Uxbridge, a suburb of northwest London, a young 25-year-old Muslim migrant will be challenging Boris Johnson in upcoming December 12 elections, Vice reported.

“If Boris Johnson has an ounce of courage he’ll stay here and fight his seat,” Ali Milani, a Labour party member, said in the South Ruislip branch of Costa Coffee, west London.

“If not, I might just follow him wherever he goes. Nah, I’m joking. I’ll beat whatever Tory comes here. It would just be sweeter if it’s Boris Johnson.”

Milani, a 25-year old Iranian migrant, could be on track to cause the biggest political upset of the 2019 General Election if he was able to turn Uxbridge to Labour.

UK Elections: 25-Year-Old Muslim Challenges Boris Johnson - About Islam

Ali Milani, Labour’s candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, at a local branch of Costa Coffee.

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Though British lawmakers don’t have to live in the constituencies they represent, Milani lives in Uxbridge went to Brunel University campaigning.

This could turn to be a disadvantage for Johnson, who makes occasional meet and greet appearances at Uxbridge.

Moreover, Johnson’s failure to stop the third runway at Heathrow international airport could also hurt the Prime Minister.

“One of the cool things about my candidacy is that it allows people to challenge the framing of immigration,” he said.

UK Elections: 25-Year-Old Muslim Challenges Boris Johnson - About Islam

Voting Power

The estimates of 2009 suggested a total of about 2.4 million Muslims over all the UK. According to the Pew Forum, the number of Muslims in Britain could now be around 3 million.

Earlier this week, three leading British Muslim organizations urged Muslims to vote in the upcoming general election on December 12 to make their voices heard and exercise their civil obligations to fully engage in the society.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), MEND (Muslim Engagement & Development), and Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK) said that Muslims have the power to decide the next government.