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Swiss parliament’s upper house rejects bill to ban burqas

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Author: Associated PressThu, 2017-03-09ID: 1489140628667548000
GENEVA: Switzerland’s upper house of parliament has rejected an initiative championed by a right-wing populist party to ban burqas, the face- and body-covering garment worn by some Muslim women.
The Council of State voted 26-9 with four abstentions Thursday against the measure that narrowly passed the lower house in November. The Italian-speaking Ticino region enacted a ban on burqas last year.
A lawmaker for the populist Swiss People’s Party, which pushed for the measure, is already working to compile signatures to bring the issue up for a national referendum.Main category: WorldTags: SwissIslamburqaSwitzerland

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