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Germany Elects First Black Mayor

A 40-year-old man who had been employed by Germany’s national investigative police agency has been elected the country’s first black mayor.

Der Spiegel reported John Ehret, whose father was an African-American soldier and mother a native German, took the post Friday in Mauer near Heidelberg in southern Germany, The said.

Ehret, who did little campaigning, captured just over 58 percent of the vote to defeat a civil servant in the village, which has about 4,000 residents.

The reported observers said Ehret benefited from an “Obama effect,” though he did not seek to compare his candidacy to that of U.S. president Barack Obama.

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