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Maroni confirms Kyenge's invitation to Northern League rally


(see related stories) Milan, July 30 - The national
chief of the anti-immigrant Northern League party and Lombardy
Governor Roberto Maroni said that he would call Italy's
Congolese-born integration minister to confirm her attendance at
a national rally next month.
"I hope she (Cecile Kyenge) comes. I will call her to
explain the League's position and confirm her invitation (to the
rally)," Maroni said.
Since her appointment in April, the Congolese-born
minister has been the victim of repeated outbursts of racism,
especially by League members.
On Monday two Northern League councillors and an
ex-Northern League councillor left a council meeting in a town
near Lake Como in protest over Kyenge's presence.
"Maroni must immediately call on militants to stop
attacking me now. If he doesn't, I will be forced to decline the
invitation to the Northern League festival," said Kyenge.
She is scheduled to debate Veneto's Northern League
governor, Luca Zaia, at an event on the northeastern Italian
"The League never questions anyone on personally, we fight
against wrong ideas," Maroni said.
The league is hotly contesting a proposal know as 'ius
soli' backed by Kyenge for children born in Italy to immigrant
parents to be given automatic citizenship.
"Ius soli is just wrong," Maroni said.
Italy's first black cabinet minister called continued
attacks by militants of the League "intolerable" and demanded
Maroni do something to put an end to them.

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