Meet the New Bossman


My faithful Slovenia correspondent (h/t SK) points me to this article about the election of the first black mayor in the former Yugoslavia:

Peter Bossman, a candidate of the centre-left Social Democrats (SD), narrowly won a municipal election in the Slovenian coastal town of Piran.

He said people no longer saw the colour of his skin and his election showed the "high level of democracy in Slovenia".

Mr Bossman came to the country in the 1980s, when it was still part of the former Yugoslavia, to study medicine.

He won a narrow victory over the previous mayor, Tomaz Gantar, with 51.4% of the vote.

Mr Bossman told the Reuters news agency that he had faced no discrimination because of his skin colour or origins in recent years.

"There are always small groups of people not accepting people who are different and in the first months after coming to Slovenia I felt that some people did not want to be with us," he said.

"But for the last 10 or 15 years, I experienced nothing like that any more. I have no problems at all and I think people no longer see the colour of my skin when they look at me," he added.

Bossman wants to build a golf course and an airport (noooooo!) but seems otherwise to be a fine chap. Piran, birthplace of Giuseppe Tartini (the first picture shows the square named after him) is a charming town in the equally charming country of Slovenia.

Here are some pictures from my last visit:

216 tartini square piran


231 pusterla street piran
227 tartini square with bell tower & venetian bldg
230 elderly slovenians enjoying the sea
226 slovenian kids