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Openly Gay Mayor Of Berlin Klaus Wowereit To Get Third Term

The Social Democrats in Berlin have held on to power in the regional elections, giving openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit the opportunity to remain in office for a third term.

Deutsche Welle News World reports:

The success of the SPD means that Berlin’s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, will remain in office for a third term.

Wowereit, who became the first openly gay leader of a German state in 2001, is known for his popular touch and distinctive Berlin accent.

He has ruled in alliance with the Left Party for 10 years but could switch allegiance to the Greens, who made gains of 4.5 percent and polled 17.6 percent. The Left Party secured 11.7 percent of the vote. A coalition with the CDU would also be possible.

Wowereit indirectly laid out conditions for a partnership with the Greens on Sunday evening, saying it was “important that they come out in favor of politics that favor development, progress, and change rather than a stalemate.”

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