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Son of Turkish immigrants wins German mayoral race

AP  |  Berlin 

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

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

German 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 labour 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.

The Social Democrats had governed the capital of Germany's northern state of Lower Saxony for more than 70 years.

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First Published: Mon, November 11 2019. 04:41 IST