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Ashok-Alexander Sridharan became first PIO to be elected as mayor of Bonn in Germany

Sep 16, 2015 10:07 IST

Ashok-Alexander Sridharan on 14 September 2015 became the first Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to be elected as the mayor of Bonn in Germany.

He will officially take charge on 21 October 2015.

Sridharan also became the city’s first mayor from an immigrant background. He was born in Bonn in 1965 to an Indian Diplomat and German mother.

He belongs to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) party, to which the German Chancellor Angela Merkel also belongs to.

It was for the first time in 21 years that a candidate from the CDU won the Bonn mayoral election leaving the Social Democratic Party (SPD) out in the cold.

Bonn is the 18th most populated city in Germany and the provisional capital of erstwhile West Germany.

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