Germany gets black members of parliament

Karamba Diaby
Karamba Diaby

A chemist and an actor — both with family roots in Senegal — have become Germany’s first black federal lawmakers, according to official election results released Monday.

They were among 34 lawmakers with immigrant backgrounds to win seats in Sunday’s election, up from 21 in the previous term, said the Migration Media Service, a group that provides facts and figures on immigration in Germany.

Although nearly one in five of Germany’s 80 million people are immigrants, or the children or grandchildren of immigrants, relatively few have made it into the federal legislature. Until now there were no black lawmakers in Parliament, despite more than 500,000 people of recent African origin believed to be living in Germany.

“My election into the German Parliament is of historical importance,” said Karamba Diaby, a Senegalese-born chemist who moved to the city of Halle in 1986 after receiving a scholarship to study in communist East Germany.

The 51-year-old, who gained German citizenship in 2001, said his priority would be to promote equal opportunities in education. “Every child born in Germany should have the chance to be successful in school regardless of their social background or the income of their parents,” he said.

The other black lawmaker elected Sunday was Charles M. Huber, a 56-year-old actor born in Munich to a Senegalese father and a German mother. Huber is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, which won the election with 41.5 percent of the vote.

Merkel’s party also now has its first Muslim lawmaker in the Bundestag. Cemile Giousouf was elected in the western town of Hagen. The 35-year-old was born in Germany to Turkish immigrant parents.

Several lawmakers of Turkish origin have previously been elected to the lower house, but most were with the Social Democratic Party, which Diaby represents, the environmentalist Green Party or the Left Party.

“Measured against the 630 seats in Parliament, some 5.4 percent of deputies now come from immigrant families,” the Migration Media Service noted. “In the population as a whole their share is more than three times as high, with about 19 percent. – AP

  • Boerseun.Z.A.R

    Typical…

    • Interested Reader

      What are you referring to in this article? What president?

      • Boerseun.Z.A.R

        The germans will soon make him a president like Obama.You know the window dressing fad?

        • Interested Reader

          I see. It’s good for us to have a clear vision of how horrible this century is going to be. Thanks for your comments.

          • Boerseun.Z.A.R

            It is only as horrible as the germans PERMIT it to be…

  • Interested Reader

    “My election into the German Parliament is of historical importance,” said Karamba Diaby.

    This quote reveals the obnoxious sense of entitlement of black immigrants in Europe. They come from failed states on the basis of a charitable impulse of the host society, and then they believe their presence improves society through an historic transformation.

  • Interested Reader

    Where has the white side of the color line moved in the map of Europe? East of Poland? There is also now a black MP in Poland.