Frankfurt mayor re-elected with overwhelming majority

Frankfurt mayor re-elected with overwhelming majority
Peter Feldmann. Photo: DPA
Peter Feldmann was re-elected mayor of Frankfurt on Sunday with 71 percent of the vote, ensuring he will hold the reins of power in the finance city until 2024.

The Social Democrat politician beat off the challenge of Bernadette Weyland of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in the second round of voting. Feldmann had been expected to easily hold onto power after winning 46 percent of the vote in the first round.

Roughly half a million people in Frankfurt were eligible to vote, including over 80,000 non-German residents. However only 30.2 percent of the electorate cast a ballot on Sunday.

Feldmann became Frankfurt mayor in 2012 and formed a coalition with the Green party and the CDU.