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From refugee to official: Pierre Kompany on being Belgium’s first black mayor

Ghassen Fridhi

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In October, the father of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, Pierre Kompany, made history by becoming the first black mayor in Belgium.

The 71-year-old, who moved to Belgium as a refugee from what Congo in 1975, received 28.38 per cent of the votes in the municipality of Ganshore, in northwest Brussels to become its mayor.

Kompany talks to Al Arabiya English about his journey and the challenges of bringing people together.