The ban, which will make it illegal for people to completely cover their faces, passed by 51 to 49 per cent in a public referendum on 7 March. It must now be drawn up into a bill by MPs within two years.
“I felt at a loss once more about the stupidity of such a vote, like the ban on minarets,” Rifa’at Lenzin, a Muslim woman who wears a hijab to the mosque, tells The Independent, referring to a Swiss vote on banning minarets in 2009. She says she worries the result signifies that “the majority of Swiss people are against either Islam or Muslims, or both”.
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