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New Lord Mayor takes office
MOHAMMED ABBASI has this evening taken the oath of office as Oxford’s new Lord Mayor.
Mr Abbasi, a 70-year-old Labour councillor, will be the city’s new civic leader for two months after he stepped up to the role from his previous position of deputy.
The unexpected promotion comes after Lib Dem councillor Alan Armitage stood down over “inappropriate” comments made to a schoolgirl last year.
The next official Lord Mayor, Dee Sinclair, will take office in May, but a figurehead for the council was needed to bridge the gap.
Green councillor and former Lord Mayor Elise Benjamin will be Mr Abbasi's deputy. The pair were sworn in at a special council meeting tonight.