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In a historic vote, Hanover has elected Belit Onay, the son of Turkish immigrants, to lead the city. The politician is also among the first Green party mayors in the country.
A German Green party lawmaker with Turkish roots won a runoff election on Sunday to become the mayor of the city of Hanover.
This is the first time that a German with immigrant parents was elected mayor of a state capital.
Belit Onay received 52.9% of the vote, ahead of the 47.1% for center-right candidate Eckhard Scholz of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
"I promise all of you that I will do my best for our city over the next seven years," Onay tweeted on Sunday evening.
Hanover now becomes Germany's fourth major city to elect a Green party mayor, following Freiburg, Darmstadt and Stuttgart. The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) had governed the city for over 70 years.
Onay, a 38-year-old legal expert, was elected after the SPD's Stefan Schostok stood down from his position as mayor of the Lower Saxony capital earlier this year amid a corruption scandal.
ed/dr (dpa, AP)