The veil ban in Switzerland passed with a 52 percent "yes" vote

The veil ban in Switzerland passed with a 52 percent “yes” vote

SwitzerlandVoters in the referendum held inYes to a ban on full face veil“initiative, 52 percentHe accepted with a vote of ‘.

Another ban on Muslims, who make up only 5 percent of the Swiss people, whose population is 8.6 million, was passed in the referendum.

In the country with approximately 5.5 million voters, more than 2 million people went to the polls.

In the country where it is mandatory to wear masks in public places due to the new type of corona virus (Kovid-19) epidemic, it was banned by the referendum that Muslims wear a niqab or burqa.

In the referendum held throughout the country with the initiative of the group named “Egerkinger Komitee”, which also includes members of the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP), a “yes” vote was asked from the elections for the veil ban.

The Swiss Federal Council and Parliament advised voters to reject the initiative “Yes to the ban on full face veils”.

Despite this recommendation of the government, approximately 52 percent of the people said yes to the initiative “Yes to the ban on covering the face completely (veil)”.

According to unofficial results, 48 ​​percent of voters voted “no” against the ban.


The government openly opposed the initiative on the grounds that the number of people wearing veils (niqab) across the country was too low and the ban would damage tourism.

According to a study by the University of Lucerne, while there are no Muslims using burqas in Switzerland, only 30 people wear a niqab.

Most of the Muslims in the country are Turks, Bosniaks and Kosovars. In Geneva, the second largest city, the surplus of Muslim Arabs draws attention.

Switzerland is also widely known as the destination of Arab tourists from wealthy Gulf countries.

As a result of the referendum held in the country in 2009, 57.5 percent of the people voted against the construction of the new minaret.


On the other hand, the Federal Electronic Identity Services Act (E-Identity Law), which was voted in the referendum, was not approved with 63.9 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results.

In Switzerland, which is governed by direct democracy, the motions are presented to the citizens if 100,000 signatures are collected, and if they are approved in referendums, they come into force directly.

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