Father of Manchester City captain elected first Belgian black mayor

Father of Manchester City captain elected first Belgian black mayor

The father of Belgian defender Vincent Kompany became Belgium's first black mayor after being elected in Sunday's election. Pierre Kompany will be bourgmestre of Ganshoren, a commune in the region of Brussels.

At the age of 71, Pierre Kompany will take over in December the position of mayor of this small bilingual municipality of about 25 thousand inhabitants. In 1975, Kompany's father left Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, as a refugee, to live in Belgium. He became officially a political refugee in 1982. Years later, he was nationalized Belgian.

"He is the first black mayor of Belgium, it has never happened before.It is historical.We are very happy.Congratulations to my father," wrote his son Vincent, captain of Manchester City, in a video published in his account on the social network Instagram.

Although he studied civil engineering, Pierre Kompany became a taxi driver in Brussels.

"My children know the origins of their father," said the new mayor of Ganshoren, a member of the Center for Humanist Democracy (CDH, center).

In 2014, Denis Liselele, of Congolese origin, assumed the presidency of the municipality of Sambreville, but on a provisional basis, replacing the president-elect, who was involved in a judicial process.

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