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26/11/2013 06:22 GMT | Updated 26/11/2013 06:25 GMT

Darryn Lyons, Mohawked 'Comedy Candidate', Elected Mayor Of Geelong In Australia

Celebrity Big Brother's Darryn Lyons has been elected mayor in Australia.

Famed for his pink Mohawk haircut and surgically enhanced abs, the flamboyant ex-celebrity snapper won the mayoral race with a comfortable win taking 29.79 percent of the primary vote.

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After living in Europe for the better part of three decades, Lyons – whose campaign slogan was "vision, passion and change" – returned to his Victorian hometown to take part in the mayoral race.

The 48-year-old looked teary-eyed as he spoke to the media, shortly after he was named the city's new mayor, saying: "I love Geelong."

At the time of announcing his candidacy, Lyons said his time in the UK had taught him that “every election needs a comedy candidate”, according to Fairfax.

“I've also seen from Tony Abbott's example that the electorate respects a man with great abs,” he added.

The Liberal party member took 70,795 votes after preferences, ahead of his nearest challenger Stephanie Asher by more than 12,600 votes.