Slovenia elects Ghanian mayor

African Update – 22/12/10

A Ghana-born medical doctor was elected mayor of the town of Piran in south-western Slovenia in October.Peter Bossman,54, became the first mayor of African origin in Eastern Europe.

Bossman, who arrived in Slovenia, then still part of Yugoslavia,in the 1970s to study medicine, said he was "happy and proud" to have been elected to the post after defeating the incumbent mayor by winning a second round run-off. Piran, which lies on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea, has a population of about 17,000.The new mayor,who runs his own private medical practice and is married to a Croatian medical doctor, was elected on the platform of Slovenia's governing centre-left Social Democrat party.Bossman said he had not suffered racial discrimination in his adopted country."In the first months after coming to Slovenia l felt that some people did not want to be with us(African immigrants).But for the last 10 or 15 years....l have no problems at all and l think people no longer see the colour of my skin when they look at me," he said.Slovenia has a population of about 2 million, the majority of whom are native Slovene.There are very few Black people living there,so the election of the native Ghanaian came as a surprise.Bossman, who hails from the Volta region of Ghana, has meanwhile taken office and promised, among other policies to take measures to make the town more attractive for tourists.

The news was published in the African Courier magazine which is available at our library.

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