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Italian Senator Says Black Minister Has ‘Features of Orangutan’

Roberto Calderoli is condemned after speech in which he also said Cécile Kyenge should work as minister ‘in her country’. The Italian prime minister, Enrico Letta, has condemned as unacceptable comments made by a senior rightwing senator in which he suggested the country’s first black government minister had “the features of an orangutan”. Cécile Kyenge, […]

Cecile Kyenge, a doctor who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, became Italy’s first black minister after being named in premier designate Enrico Letta’s new cabinet. Kyenge, a 48-year-old MP for the centre-left Democratic Party, was sworn in as Integration minister on Sunday. She is one of two naturalised Italians in the government, both […]

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