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Fri, 10.06.2006

Sweden elects its first Black African minister

Nyamko Sabuni

*On this date in 2006, the first Black African born Swedish politician became a Minister.

Nyamko Sabuni is a project manager and administrator.  Sabuni moved to Sweden from Burundi at the age of 12.  In her campaign, she suggested that all girls should undergo compulsory checks for genital mutilation (known as female circumcision); which led to controversy.

Sabuni also offended Muslim groups for proposing a ban on headscarves for girls under 15 and the introduction of a specific mention of honor crimes in the criminal code.

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