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STRASBOURG

Borghezio makes open dinner invitation to Kyenge

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Strasbourg, May 22 - Mario Borghezio, an Italian
member of the European Parliament, said he would invite
Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge to dinner Wednesday after
apologizing for racist comments he made about Italy's first
black member of cabinet.
"I wouldn't hesitate to reach out my hand and, if she comes
to Strasbourg, I would event invite her to dinner. I would have
no problem with that because I am not a racist," Borghezio told
ANSA.
Borghezio, who triggered an outcry with his remarks about
the integration minister, stepped down Wednesday 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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