October 30, 2014
MONTREAL (AP) - The French-speaking city of Montreal has elected an English-speaking mayor for the first time in 100 years.
Michael Applebaum won a city council vote Friday to serve as interim mayor after his predecessor stepped down amid scandal.
English speakers in Canada's French-speaking province of Quebec rarely hold prominent political roles.
Applebaum also speaks French. He will serve for only a year, with the promise not to run in the next municipal election in November 2013.
Former mayor Gerald Tremblay resigned last week as a public inquiry hears testimony detailing graft and ties to organized crime.
Because the mayor resigned less than a year before an election, provincial law said his successor had to be picked by the city council on an interim basis.
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