Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
STRASBOURG

Borghezio apologizes to Kyenge over racist comments

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Strasbourg, May 22 - Mario Borghezio, an Italian
member of the European Parliament, apologized Wednesday for
racist comments he made about Italy's first black member of
cabinet, Cecile Kyenge.
"I feel I must express my apologies to the minister,"
Borghezio said.
"I take that my words are considered offensive to a person
of colour and towards a woman.
"I regret that I brought disgrace to parliament and the EFD
group".
Borghezio, who triggered an outcry with his remarks about
the integration minister, also stepped down from the Europe of
Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group of the European Parliament,
where he represented Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League
party.
Borghezio's actions come two days after Parliament Speaker
Martin Schulz blasted him for making racial slurs against
Kyenge.
And earlier this month, an online petition was launched in
Italy to oust or at least sanction Borghezio.
All this came after he called Premier Enrico Letta's new
executive a "bonga bonga government" and claimed Kyenge would
seek to "impose her tribal traditions from the Congo" on Italy.
Kyenge, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
has risen through the ranks of Letta's centre-left Democratic
Party (PD) since she came to Italy in 1983.
The case is being further investigated by the EU's
Conference of Presidents which is comprised of Schulz and all
political group Whips.

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