BRUSSELS, Belgium — 71-year-old Pierre Kompany, who arrived in Belgium as refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1975, became the first black elected mayor in Belgium.
He won 28.38% of the vote to top the polls in the municipality of Ganshoren, in north-west Brussels.
Pierre Kompany, is the father of Belgian international soccer player Vincent Kompany who celebrated his dad’s historic appointment with a video on Instagram alongside his brother Francois, who plays for Belgian side KSV Roeselare.
“He is the first black mayor in Brussels,” Kompany said. “It has never happened before. It’s historic. We are all happy. Congratulations to my dad.”
Pierre Kompany is also an existing counselor and MP in the Brussels parliament.
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History! We are so proud of you dad. Came over from the DR Congo, as a refugee, in 1975. Now gained the trust of your local community becoming the first ever black elected mayor in Belgium! It was long over due but it’s progress. Massive congrats! #Belgium #Brussels #Ganshoren ✊🏾