(TELEGRAPH) — A senior Italian politician who compared a black minister to an orangutan has now said he is considering asking the Pope to recommend an exorcist to fight off the curse he claims the minister's father has placed on him.
Roberto Calderoli, a former minister with the anti-immigration Northern League party, caused outrage last year when he said Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first black minister, reminded him of an orangutan. He is now facing prosecution for his remarks.
But he revived the row this month by claiming that Ms Kyenge's father, who lives in the Republic of Congo, had placed a curse on him.
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"I don't know if I should put an advert in the paper or call (Pope Francis) directly," he tweeted, "but I must absolutely find an exorcist."