Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
BRUSSELS

Northern League MEP ejected from EFD for black minister slur

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Brussels, June 3 - Mario Borghezio, a member of
Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League in the European
Parliament, was kicked out of the Eurosceptics' caucus on Monday
for racist remarks against Italy's first black minister.
The expulsion, proposed by co-chairman Nigel Farage, was
approved by a majority of more than two-thirds of the Europe of
Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group.
Last month Borghezio publicly said he was sorry if he
caused offence to Cecile Kyenge after he triggered a widespread
outcry with his remarks about the integration minister.
In the wake of public outrage, Borghezio suspended himself
from the EFD to avoid embarrassing the League.
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.
As many as 130,000 signatures have been collected on an
online petition demanding the European Parliament force
Borghezio to resign.
League heavyweights have said Borghezio should not be
expelled but should temper his comments.

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