Posted by on June 17, 2019 12:04 am
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/17/german-afd-far-right-loses-bid-mayor-goerlitz-after-film-industry-petition

Writers, directors and actors called on voters in Goertliz to not to succumb to AfD party’s ‘hate and enmity’

A 51-year-old immigrant has been elected mayor of a town in eastern Germany after beating a candidate from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a campaign that drew international attention.

Octavian Ursu, a classical musician who came to Germany from Romania in 1990s, stood for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union party, receiving 55.1% of the vote in Sunday’s election in Goerlitz. Preliminary returns showed his AfD opponent, Sebastian Wippel, an ex-policeman received 44.9%.

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