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MONTREAL — For the first time in 100 years, Montreal has an anglophone mayor following a string of improbable events that rocked the administration of a scandal-weary city.

Michael Applebaum won a vote at city council, 31-29, to become the city’s first non-francophone mayor since just before the First World War.

He will be an interim mayor and will serve for only a year, with a promise not to run in the next municipal election of November 2013.

Anglophones in Quebec rarely hold such prominent political roles.

In the municipality of Montreal itself, only 13% of people claim English as their mother tongue; the language is regularly spoken, however, by many of the 47% of people who are not original French-speakers.

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The political rarity was made possible by a string of spectacular development. Just a few days ago, Applebaum appeared to have a slim chance of success —…

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