SHAFAQNA- Switzerland will ban the wearing in public of burkas, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women, and other full-face coverings, after a referendum showed a narrow majority in favour of it. According to the final count on Sunday evening, 51.21 per cent of voters were in favour of the ban. Only about half of Switzerland’s population took part in the vote, with turnout at 51.4 per cent.
The ban received more votes in the more conservative of the 26 cantons in Switzerland, with more than 60 per cent voting in favour in the cantons of Ticino and Schwyz. The result means the ban must now be incorporated into the constitution and will apply in restaurants, shops and in public. Similar bans exist in Austria, the Netherlands and France.