The mayor who died of the corona virus was re-elected after his death


Ion Aliman, the former mayor of the municipality of Debslu in southern Romania, died of the corona virus during the local election campaign and was elected despite his tragic death. Yesterday (Monday), residents of the town projected in a special ceremony in his memory his obituary on the walls of the town hall after they elected him, to be their mayor. “He did a good job and he deserves victory even after his death,” the town resident said.

Mayor’s obituary (Photo: YouTube)

Before being appointed local mayor, Eliman was a naval officer who believed in the social-democratic system. He died last week at a hospital in Bucharest from a complication of the corona virus and last Monday, which was also his 57th birthday, a ceremony was held in his memory. The video of the ceremony was posted on social media and garnered much sympathy.

In the video of the obituary, the residents can be seen visiting Eliman’s grave. After the voting was over and the late mayor was re-elected, they lit candles around his grave. “This is your victory. You will be proud of us, rest in peace,” said one resident in the background.

Eliman won this election for the third time in a row, he managed to fulfill two terms before his death as mayor of Debsalo, a village of 3,000 residents. According to local election bureau data, Eliman won with 64 percent of the vote. “He was a real mayor for us,” Anonymous told local private television station ProTV in Debsu. She added that “he has always been on the side of the residents and respected all the laws. I do not think we will find a mayor like him again.

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City officials reported that ballots were printed before his death and his candidacy could not be withdrawn at this time. Despite Eliman’s victory, his Social Democrat party lost major cities and councils in Romania on Sunday after local elections earlier this week. Regarding the town of Debslu, new elections will be held and another representative from Aliman’s party will take his place.

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