The people say no to the burqa

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The result was closer than expected. With a majority of 51.2% and 18 cantons, the Swiss people approved the initiative for “the ban on hiding the face”. The Egerkingen committee, which launched it, won a second victory after the ban on minarets in 2009. “But this is not a vote against the 400,000 Muslims and Muslims living in Switzerland,” a reassured Federal Councilor Karin Keller-Sutter. It is now up to the cantons, which are responsible for security matters in their territory, to draft an implementing law.

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