Rome, April 30 - A member of the European Parliament from the xenophobic Northern League party on Tuesday made racist comments about Italy's first black minister, Cecile Kyenge. "This is a bonga bonga government, they want to change birthright citizenship laws and Kyenge wants to impose her tribal traditions from the Congo," said Mario Borghezio in an interview with Italian Radio 24. A 48-year-old doctor who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kyenge was sworn in Sunday as integration minister in the left-right coalition government of Premier Enrico Letta. When asked if he considered Kyenge an Italian, Borghezio said, "The country is what it is, and the laws are made of crap". "You can't say the word 'nigger' in Italy, only think it," Borghezio added. "Pretty soon you won't even be able to say illegal immigrant - you'll have to say 'your excellence'. "She seems like a great housekeeper, but not a government minister". When asked about Mario Balotelli, Italy's star soccer player with African roots, Borghezio said, "he's not a minister. He kicks a ball and that's fine if someone from Congo or Africa wants to do that. "Africans are different. They belong to an ethnicity much different from ours. They haven't produced great genes. Enough consulting these Mickey Mouse encyclopedias. "Kyenge is a doctor. We gave her position in a state-run facility that should have gone to an Italian".
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