Vaughan Gething elected the first black leader of a European country

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Vaughan Gething, the current Economic Minister of Wales, has been elected as the new leader of the Welsh Labor Party.

An Overview of the News

  • Vaughan Gething has become the first black person to lead a European country.

Early Life :

  • Gething was born in 1974 in Zambia.

  • Despite relocating to England due to discrimination, he was educated at Aberystwyth and Cardiff universities.

  • Gething worked as a trade union lawyer and became the first black president of both the Welsh Trades Union Congress and the Welsh National Union of Students.

Vaughan Gething's political journey:

  • After joining the Welsh legislature in 2011, Gething became the first black minister in any of Britain's devolved countries in 2013.

  • Notably, he served as Wales's Health Minister and later as its Economy Minister during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Gething won a close election with 51.7% of the vote to become the new leader of Welsh Labour, following his recent tenure as Economy Minister.

About Wales:

  • This country is a part of the United Kingdom.

  • Located in the western part of Great Britain, Wales is bordered by:

    • Irish Sea to the north and west

    • England in the East

    • Bristol Channel to the south

    • Celtic Sea to the south-west

Capital - Cardiff

Official languages - Welsh, English

Currency - Pound Sterling

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