Berlin Likely to Have Female Mayor Again

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The Social Democrats (SDP) have won the regional elections in Berlin. That means they can put forward their top candidate Franziska Giffey as mayor.


As a result, the German capital will probably have its first female mayor in years.

Berlin was run by a woman once before. Louise Schroeder was acting mayor on behalf of the Social Democrats from 1947 to 1948. Giffey, 43, was the national minister for family affairs from 2018 until this spring.

She resigned in May after a plagiarism scandal in her dissertation, which was withdrawn a month later by the Free University of Berlin. She previously headed the Berlin district of Neukölln.

Berlin politicians still have to agree with the new mayor. Giffey will probably be the successor of party colleague Michael Müller, who did not run for re-election. Their party managed to get 21.4 percent of the voters in the elections on Sunday. The Greens are second with 18.9 percent, followed by the CDU with 18.1 percent of the vote.

Berlin is currently governed by a coalition led by the SPD, along with Die Linke and De Groenen. This cooperation can be continued because together, they have a majority of the votes. Die Linke received 14 percent of the vote.

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