Berlin set for first elected woman mayor as Giffey’s SPD pulls ahead

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The German capital Berlin is set for its first elected woman mayor as Franziska Giffey and her Social Democrats beat the Greens, according to interim figures published by the state electoral commission early Monday. Berlin, a city of of 3.7 million inhabitants, has only once been ruled by a woman for a short time. From 1947 to 1948, the Social Democrat Louise Schroeder headed the administration as acting mayor. With some 99 per cent of votes counted, the SPD was out in front with 21.4 per cent of the vote, while the Greens and their top candidate, Bettina Jarasch, came in at 18.9 per cent. Ber…

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