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Geneva politicians allowed to wear religious symbols

National News // Nov. 27, 2019

A Geneva court has ruled elected politicians are able to wear religious symbols. 

Pixabay Geneva politicians allowed to wear religious symbols

The court was asked to consider the issue after a vote earlier this year which banned government workers and officials wearing items such as crosses and headscarves.

The court decided the law didn’t apply to elected politicians as it said it limited the right of universal suffrage as some members of society would be effectively banned from running for office.

But the law still applies to government workers.

Geneva has separated church and state since 1907.

Although the canton is considered one of the centres of the protestant reformation, only 10% of inhabitants identify as protestant. The majority, 38% - say they have no religious affiliation at all.

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