Canada’s Jagmeet Singh becomes first non-white politician to lead major party

Justin Trudeau congratulates 38-year-old Sikh lawyer on election to lead New Democratic party into 2019 federal election

Jagmeet Singh, a 38-year-old lawyer and practising Sikh, was elected on Sunday to lead Canadas left-leaning New Democrats, becoming the first non-white politician to head a major political party there.

The Ontario provincial lawmaker, whose penchant for colorful turbans and tailor-made three-piece suits made him a social media star, was elected on the first ballot to lead the New Democratic party (NDP) into the 2019 federal election against Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus Liberals.

Thank you, New Democrats. The run for prime minister begins now, Singh tweeted.

Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh)

Thank you, New Democrats. The run for Prime Minister begins now

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