Swiss voters approve right-wing ban on minarets

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The alpine nation is the only European country to have such a prohibition; govt fears ties with Muslim world will suffer. Above: Switzerland National Councillor Walter Wobmann, president of the anti-minaret committee. —Photo by Reuters

 

GENEVA: Switzerland voted to ban the construction of new minarets on Sunday, a surprise result certain to embarrass the neutral government and which the justice minister said could affect Swiss exports and tourism.
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