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The newly-elected Pierre Kompany came to Belgium in 1975 as a refugee / Photo: Pierre Kompany/Facebook

Vincent Kompany’s father elected as first Black mayor in Belgium

Pierre Kompany, father of the Belgian national footballer Vincent Kompany, has been elected mayor of Ganshoren, a commune in the north-west of Brussels.

The father of Vincent Kompany, the captain of Manchester City and a star of the Belgian national football team, has been elected as Belgium’s first first sub-Saharan-born mayor, in what has been described as a “historic” moment for the country.

Pierre Kompany, 71, a mechanical engineer born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, won 28.38% of the vote, up 5.77% from 2012, to become mayor of Ganshoren, a commune in the north-west of Brussels. Following his victory, the new mayor said he would focus on cleaning up the environment in his commune.

He said: “We worked hard during this campaign, but I did not think it would be enough to become mayor. We have addressed people from all races and communities. That is why our score is so high.”

Kompany, who is already a local councillor and an MP in the Brussels parliament, added that he wanted an “intergenerational community in which young people and the elderly go hand in hand with each other”.

“This mayoralty is proof that people appreciate what I do,” he added.

Source: © Guardian News and Media

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