Franziska Giffey, first woman elected to mayor of Berlin

Franziska Giffey (of the Social Democratic Party SPD) won the local ballot held in Berlin. She becomes the first woman to rule the German capital.

For the first time, Berlin will be run by a woman. Social Democratic Party candidate Franziska Giffey won the local ballot held this Sunday in the German capital, in parallel with the federal elections.

Franziska Giffey was previously Minister for Families.

At 43, she will take the reins of the city-state and its 3.5 million inhabitants.

The Greens close to success

The Greens believed until the end to be able to win this regional election. The environmental candidate Bettina Jarasch was even slightly ahead during the first estimates this Sunday evening.

But as the results came in the evening, the Social Democrats moved ahead.

The SPD has ruled the city for 20 years. After two terms at the helm of Berlin, the outgoing mayor, Michael Müller, did not stand for re-election. He aspires to functions at the federal level.

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