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Swiss vote on burka bans and World Economic Forum funding

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Sept. 24, 2018

In other votes across the country, Sankt Gallen is now the second canton after Ticino to ban full face coverings.

Pixabay Swiss vote on burka bans and World Economic Forum funding

Over two thirds of voters backed a cantonal parliament plan.

The decision was applauded by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party, but other political groups says the vote will have little effect - pointing out forcing a woman to wear a burka is already illegal.

The cantonal police chief, Freddy Fässler, says it won’t make much difference as he’s never seen a woman wearing a burka in Sankt Gallen anyway.

Voters in Davos have backed the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the resort by agreeing to pay more towards the security of the event.

Although much of the cost is borne by the federal government and the canton, the town does contribute around a million francs. It will continue to do so now until 2021 – when it will vote again.




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