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På ett punkt ligger Sverige foran naboene: De har Nyamko Sabuni som statsråd for likestilling og innvandring.

Sabuni vekker internasjonal oppsikt. Rett etter at hun ble statsråd gjentok hun at hun vil ha forbud mot hijab for alle under 15 og kontroll av jenter for å sjekke dem for kjønnslemlestelse.

Et 50-tall muslimske organisasjoner protesterte mot hennes utnevnelse og kalte henne islamofob.

Hun har mottatt dødstrusler og lever med livvakter 24 timer i døgnet, kan the Times fortelle.

t is, though, the former refugee’s outspoken views that have demanded attention in her adopted Sweden, where she wants a ban on the veil for under-15s and compulsory gynaecological checks for all schoolgirls to protect against genital mutilation masquerading as «female circumcision».

Her views have led to death threats and round-the-clock protection in Europe’s most tolerant country.

Being appointed Minister for Integration and Equality in the right-wing Government provoked a petition signed by 50 Muslim organisations declaring that she «breathed populism and Islamophobia».

Ms Sabuni, 38, whose mother was a Muslim but who describes herself as «not religious», is unrepentant. «Arranged marriage is not something recommended by Islam,» she told The Times.

«Nor is genital mutilation. Many people say this is our tradition, our religion. But it is unacceptable, whatever the reason. I will not be scared into silence. I will never accept that women and girls are oppressed in the name of religion.»

Sweden has been good to Ms Sabuni. It welcomed her father and his seven children as political refugees from Congo when she was 12. She studied at Uppsala University, the Swedish Oxbridge, becoming an MP at 32 and marrying a travel agent with whom she has twin boys.

Ms Sabuni has never made any secret of her ambition to be Sweden’s first black Prime Minister.