Sunday, 17 October, 2021

Berlin to get first female mayor

Berlin to get first female mayor

BERLIN: Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have scored a bonus election win in Berlin on top of their narrow victory in the national election, preliminary results showed on Monday, reports AFP.

Franziska Giffey, the SPD candidate to be the mayor of Berlin, won 21.4 percent of the vote, beating rival candidates from the Green party on 18.9 percent and the conservative CDU on 18.1 percent.

Opinion polls had shown Giffey running neck-and-neck with the Greens' Bettina Jarasch.

Giffey told the RBB broadcaster that she wanted to talk to both the Greens and the conservative CDU about forming a possible coalition, saying her priority was "to get as much of the SPD's programme into the coalition negotiations as possible."

Berlin is currently run by a coalition between the SPD, the Greens and the far-left Die Linke.

The SPD has been in charge there for 20 years. Its outgoing mayor Michael Meuller decided not to run again this time.