Ethnic Slovenian elected mayor of Duino-Aurisina

Aurisina, 14 June - Igor Gabrovec was elected mayor of Duino-Aurisina/Devin-Nabrežina, a municipality north of Trieste bordering Slovenia, in Italian local elections on Sunday to become the sixth ethnic Slovenian mayor in Italy, the Trieste-based Slovenian newspaper Primorski Dnevnik has reported.

Trieste, Italy
Igor Gabrovec elected mayor of Duino-Aurisina/Devin-Nabrežina.
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Gabrovec, a candidate for the centre-left, defeated incumbent Daniela Pallotta of the centre-right with 51.45% of the vote, against 48.55%.

Local elections on Sunday were held in roughly 1,000 of Italy's 8,000 local communities. In most of the large municipalities a run-off will be needed to elect mayors.

Gabrovec, a 50-year-old whose father is an ethnic Slovenian from Malchina and mother an ethnic Italian from the Koper area, has served as a municipal councillor for the Skupaj-Insieme (Together) List. In 1996 he was elected to the council of the Province of Trieste.

According to Primorski Dnevnik, there are currently five other Slovenian mayors in Italy apart from Gabrovec; Sandy Klun in San Dorligo della Valle/Dolina and Tanja Kosmina in Monrupino/Repentabor in the Trieste Province, and Fabio Vizintin in Doberdo/Doberdob, Luca Pisk in Savogna d'Isonzo/Sovodnje ob Soči and Franca Padovan in San Floriano del Collio/Števerjan in the Gorizia Province.

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