Senegal-born chemist Germany’s 1st black lawmaker

BERLIN (AP) — A Senegal-born chemist has become the first black lawmaker to be elected to Germany’s Parliament.

Election authorities in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt said Monday that Karamba Diaby won a seat in the lower house for the Social Democrats, Germany’s main center-left party.

The 51-year-old Diaby moved to the city of Halle in 1986, receiving a scholarship to study in East Germany at a time when communuist rule was slowly unraveling. He gained German citizenship in 2001.

Nearly one in five people in Germany, a nation of 80 million, are first-, second- or third- generation immigrants. But only a handful have made it into the federal legislature.

There are estimated to be more than 500,000 people of recent African origin in Germany. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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