STANDING at the forefront of Liverpool's 202 year-old history is the city's youngest ever mayor, the Liberal Party's candidate of the 2012 council elections, Ned Mannoun.
Breaking a few records over the weekend, the 30-year-old is also the first Liberal mayor to lead Liverpool Council.
Although the poll won't officially be declared until noon this Friday, (September 14), Mr Mannoun has already received congratulations as the certain ascender to the Liverpool throne.
Incumbent mayor Wendy Waller said she was disappointed that she didn't have the support needed for re-election but wished Mr Mannoun all the best.
"The people of Liverpool have decided they want a Liberal council," she said. "The people have spoken and will eventually judge them on how they perform."
Mr Mannoun and his Liberal Party colleagues polled 43 per cent of the first preference vote, an extraordinary feat in the former ALP stronghold.
Councillors Tony Hadchiti and Mazhar Hadid (pictured with Mr Mannoun), will return to office with the newly elected mayor.
"It' all been very overwhelming and hasn't quite settled in yet; for the moment we're just very humbled," Mr Mannoun said.
"It's so great to have the support of the community, whether at the polling booths beforehand, or the phone calls and the emails, it all kept us going.
"It was the encouragement of the community that kept us moving forward and led us to this result."
Whispers that Mr Mannoun was too young for the job were hushed with boisterous confidence.
"My age will have a very, very positive effect on the way I conduct my role as mayor — we bring new energy and enthusiasm to the job," he said.
"I will be here as a full-time mayor to serve our growing community: we have 180,000 people to look after.
"Within this team, we have the skills set needed to fulfil our commitment to the community."
Mr Mannoun said the first policy he would introduce will be to install security cameras in the central business district.
Far from defeated, Ms Waller said she would continue to serve the community despite taking a back seat for now.
"It's unfortunate that the election was part of the swing to the conservative vote; it's always hard when you're a mayor and you don't have the numbers to perform your duties the way the people want it," she said.
"I just hope the new council looks at the whole area of Liverpool and represents everyone."
Ms Waller thanked her Labor colleagues and Liverpool voters for their support.
"I'm hoping that if things go well, I will stay on council and run in the next term. I'm not going away."
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