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Kyenge 'proud' to be Italian

First black minister says chose Italy as home

Kyenge 'proud' to be Italian

Rome, August 27 - Despite the abuse she has taken since her appointment as Italy's first black cabinet minister in April, Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge said Tuesday that she is proud to be Italian. And, she added in an interview with national broadcaster RAI, she deliberately chose Italy to be her home. "I am proud of Italy, I was not forced to take Italian citizenship, I had a choice," Kyenge said in an interview with Paolo Mieli for a RAI newsmagazine program, to be aired on Sept. 2. The Congolese-born minister, who has been subjected to a barrage of racist attacks from other politicians, said she came to appreciate Italian cultural values. And she repeated her belief that immigrant children should be given citizenship in the country where they are born - a controversial idea that has triggered opposition in Italy.

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