In the municipality of Ahnatal in Hesse, the mayoral elections could not have been more exciting: Stephan Hänes of the SPD took on the incumbent of the CDU. In the end, fate decided.

A mayor has been determined by lot in North Hesse. At a meeting of the municipal election committee in Ahnatal near Kassel, challenger Stephan Hänes (SPD) has been appointed new mayor, the municipality announced on Tuesday evening. Hänes and previous mayor Michael Aufenanger (CDU) got exactly the same number of votes in a second election on Sunday.

Both won 2,106 votes each. In this rare case, the Hessian municipal code provides for a decision by lot. This case is unique in Hesse, the Hessian Broadcasting Corporation reported, citing the Ministry of the Interior. Aufenanger has been Mayor of Ahnatal since 2009. The community has approximately 8,000 residents.

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