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Son of Turkish immigrants wins German mayoral race


Added 11-10-19 06:22:02pm EST - “A German Green party lawmaker with Turkish roots has won a runoff election to become the mayor of Hannover.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Son of Turkish immigrants wins German mayoral race”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BERLIN (AP) - A German Green party lawmaker with Turkish roots has won a runoff election to become the mayor of Hannover.

Belit Onay received 52.9% of the vote in Sunday’s election compared with 47.1% for center-right candidate Eckhard Scholz.

German news agency dpa reported that it is the first time a candidate born to immigrant parents has been elected mayor of one of the country’s 16 state capitals.

Almost 3 million people of Turkish origin live in Germany. Many came to the country decades ago as guest workers, helping fill a labor shortage after World War II.

Onay, a 38-year-old jurist, succeeds Stefan Schostok of the center-left Social Democrats, who resigned earlier this year.

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