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Jackson council elects new president

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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - By a 4-3 vote, the Jackson City Council has elected Councilman Charles Tillman president, replacing former President Tony Yarber, who received the other three votes.

The 80-year-old Tillman accepted the nod Tuesday and made a plea for unity, one of new Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's campaign themes.

After Tillman's remarks, Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. unanimously was elected vice president, just a day after he was sworn in for the first time as a new councilman.

Tillman served as vice president last year.

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