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Birmingham City Council Picks Interim Mayor

Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham City Council has chosen a new interim mayor.

The council elected Roderick Royal as its president, replacing Carole Smitherman. He becomes Birmingham's third mayor in less than a month.

Royal was elected president of the council shortly after the new city council was sworn in Tuesday morning. He received five votes and Smitherman received four. He replaces Smitherman as president and interim mayor.

Smitherman had served on the city council since 2001 and as city council president for the past four years. She became interim mayor after Larry Langford was convicted on felony fraud and bribery charges earlier this month, removing him from office.

Steven Hoyt was elected President Pro Tempore.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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