Dr. Peter Bossman, Eastern Europe's first black mayor

Slovenia has elected its first black mayor. Dr. Peter Bossman, a Ghana-born physician known as the "Obama of Piran," has made history. Bossman settled in this tiny Alpine nation in the 1970s to study medicine in what was then known as Yugoslavia. Bossman, 54, is a member of Slovenia's governing Social Democrats. He won a runoff election in the coastal town of Piran with 51.4 percent of votes, defeating Dr. Tomaz Gantar, the outgoing mayor. Bossman runs a private practice and was previously a member of the Piran City Council. Following the vote, Bossman said he was "happy and proud." "The Obama effect" is worldwide.

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