Second time lucky for Berlin's Klaus Wowereit

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24 November 2006 , Berlin (dpa) - Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit was re-elected mayor of Berlin at the second attempt on Thursday. Wowereit, who heads a coalition with the former communist PDS party called the Left, had a one-vote majority in a poll of deputies at the Berlin parliament. The vote for the 53-year-old mayor was 75-74. Wowereit failed to obtain a majority in the first ballot after deputies abstained. Wowereit's party won a state election in Berlin on September 18 with 30.8 per cent of the vote

24 November 2006

Berlin (dpa) - Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit was re-elected mayor of Berlin at the second attempt on Thursday.

Wowereit, who heads a coalition with the former communist PDS party called the Left, had a one-vote majority in a poll of deputies at the Berlin parliament.

The vote for the 53-year-old mayor was 75-74. Wowereit failed to obtain a majority in the first ballot after deputies abstained.

Wowereit's party won a state election in Berlin on September 18 with 30.8 per cent of the vote. 

The mayor, who wrested power from the Christian Democrats in 2001, capitalized on his popularity among the capital's 2.4 million voters despite the city's enormous debt of 58 billion euros (73 billion dollars).

DPA

Subject: German news

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