Muslim High Bailiff in multi-cultural tribute
The city's first Muslim High Bailiff says his role is a tribute to multi-cultural Leicester.
Leicester City Council's regeneration and transport chief Abdul Osman said it was an honour to take up the role.
He said: "We have a proud tradition in this city where people from all cultures and all faiths can live together harmoniously.
"As the first man from the Islamic faith to become High Bailiff, I am truly honoured."
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Coun Osman moved to Leicester with his family as a schoolboy in the 1970s, from Mombasa in Kenya.
His late father Yousuf Razak had worked on the East African Railway, and worked for a local engineering firm after the move to Leicester. He passed away in 1995. Coun Osman says his mother Aisha Yousuf, now in her 70s, was "overjoyed" by his new position.
He said: "My whole family is proud but I don't feel this is simply a personal achievement, it's a victory of the harmony in the community."
At Thursday's Mayor-making ceremony, former High Bailiff Colin Hall become the new Lord Mayor of Leicester.
Coun Osman's wife Shaina, 34, and two children were both present as he was officially made High Bailiff.
He said he hoped to become Lord Mayor one day but said the Government's push to introduce a new elected mayor could mean his dream is never realised.