Thursday, July 05, 2012

First Muslim mayor for Schleswig-Holstein

KATH.NET - Katholischer Nachrichtendienst

Timmendorfer Beach: The Social Democrat Hatice Kara was born in Turkey.

Timmendorfer Beach The first Muslim mayor in Schleswig-Holstein commenced office in July. Hatice Kara (SPD) is the new town hall boss in the 9,000 inhabitants Timmendorfer Beach on the Baltic Sea.

The 32-year-old lawyer won on 6 May a runoff election with 61.7 percent of the vote clearly defeating the CDU candidate Sven Wilke (38.3 percent). Kara was born in 1979 in Turkey. A year later, she came to Schleswig-Holstein, where her father had worked since the mid-70s. In view of her Muslim faith, the mayor told the "Hamburger Abendblatt "After the election, I was disappointed that I was reduced in the headlines to my religion," She was not particularly religious.
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