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Back Issue: June 2009

First Black Mayor Adebari does it again

Cllr Rotimi Adebari, Mayor of Portlaoise
Cllr Rotimi Adebari as Mayor of Portlaoise

Rotimi Adebari is the only African Local Election Candidate to have won the 2009 election.

Adebari was one of 41 immigrants who contested this election. He was joined by Jan Rotte, Dutch former aid worker who retained his seat for the Labour Party in Lismore, Co Waterford, and Kristina Jankaitiene, a Lithuanian school teacher who took a seat for the Green Party in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

Rotimi Adebari made his first appearance in the 2004 local elections. His popularity grew when he became the first African and black person to become Mayor in Ireland in 2006.

President Obama seeks new beginning with Muslims
US President Barack Obama in Egypt
US President Barack Obama in Egypt

President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, called for a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim World and a world that is peaceful and equal, in an historic speech at Cairo’s University, Thursday.

Mr. Obama talked extensively on seven themes that constitute major sources of tension in his “New Beginning” philosophy: Confronting Violent Extremism in all of its forms, Discussing the situation between Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab world, Addressing Shared Interest in the Rights and Responsibilities of nations on nuclear weapons, Democracy, Religious Freedom, Women’s Rights and lastly, discussing Economic Development and Opportunity. » More

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