Zurich cantonal authorities have decided not to ban the wearing of veils in schools during the Muslim month of Ramadan.

The cantonal parliament rejected by 104 votes to 65 a motion put forward by the rightwing Swiss People's Party which wanted to ban the veil in places of education "in order to makes Swiss values respected in schools".

The motion had also wanted to do away with a special dispensation for Muslims in sports lessons during Ramadan.

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