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Son of Turkish immigrants wins German mayoral race


Son of Turkish immigrants wins German mayoral race
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A German Green party lawmaker with Turkish roots has won a runoff election to become the mayor of Hannover. Belit Onay received 52.9 percent of the vote in Sunday's election compared with 47.1 percent 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.

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

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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