Monday, 19 September 2011 16:56

Openly Gay Berlin Mayor Re-elected

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The openly gay mayor of Berlin was re-elected for a third mandate.

According to Spiegel Online, Klaus Wowereit secured a third five-year term while his party won 28.3% of the vote and held off the resurgent Green Party, which took 17.6% of the vote.

"Wowereit may have done little for public services, but he is credited with helping to turn Berlin into one of Europe's top cultural hubs over the last decade, and never misses an opportunity to attract movie makers to the city," reports Spiegel Online. "He came up with the city's famous ‘poor but sexy’ tag, gained a reputation for being something of a party animal and once famously welcomed rubber-clad fetishists to Berlin."