World|politics|April 4, 2019 / 01:50 PM
Chicago elects first female black mayor

AKIPRESS.COM - The US city of Chicago has made history by electing an African-American woman as its mayor for the first time, BBC reports.

Lori Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor who has not held political office before.

She fought off competition from 13 other candidates and dominated the final run-off election with more than 74% when the vote was called.

Ms Lightfoot is also the city's first gay mayor and celebrated on-stage with her wife and daughter.

The 56-year-old was viewed as an outsider to the race, and campaigned on a platform to end political corruption and help lower-income families.

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