Update: 2 black MPs elected to German Parliament
BERLIN (AP) - 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 Mr 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.