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First black mayor elected in Germany

English-language German paper The Local reported that Mauer, a village in southwest of Germany, has voted in the first black mayor in the history of Germany, despite almost no campaigning being done by the mayor-elect, John Ehret:

The 40-year-old Ehret, whose father was an African-American soldier and mother a native German, took over running the village of Mauer near Heidelberg, southern Germany on Friday, Der Spiegel reported on his inauguration.

Despite almost no campaigning, he picked up slightly more than 58 percent of the vote, beating out a civil servant in the village of about 4,000 residents. Observers said Ehret profited from a so-called “Obama” effect, though the trained police inspector didn’t seek the comparison.

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