On Tuesday, Switzerland’s lower house voted in favour of a nationwide burka ban.
Walter Wobmann's bill was nearly identical to one approved in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. According to Breitbart, the Swiss Peoples Party (SVP) won 88 votes, with 87 against.
Wobmann said his bill is intended to “maintain public order and respect for the dignity of women.”
ATS News Agency says that it suspects no further action to be taken until the public weighs in with a referendum. Polls do say, however, that the Swiss population is in favour of the ban.
Switzerland’s population of eight million includes an estimated 350,000 Muslims.
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