updated 10/24/2010 5:49:39 PM ET 2010-10-24T21:49:39

Slovenia has elected its first black mayor, an immigrant from Africa known as the "Obama of Piran," the town where he lives.

In fact, Peter Bossman, a Ghana-born physician, could be the first black mayor elected anywhere in his region of Europe.

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Bossman, who settled in this tiny Alpine nation in the 1970s to study medicine in what was then known as Yugoslavia, won a runoff election in Piran on Sunday with 51.4 percent of votes.

The 54-year-old candidate is a member of Slovenia's governing Social Democrats. He runs a private practice and was previously a member of the Piran City Council.

Following the vote, Bossman said he is "happy and proud."

Slovenia, located near Italy, Austria and Croatia, is a member of European Union and NATO.

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