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Lower Saxony is set to follow the state of Hesse in banning the wearing of burkas – the Muslim dress that covers a woman's face – by public sector workers, possibly creating a wave of regulations across the country.

After Hesse announced earlier this week it was banning burkas in the public service in response to a demand by a 39-year-old woman in a Frankfurt local administrative office to wear the face veil, the Lower Saxony government said it was examining a similar move.

"The burka has no place in the public service," the state's conservative Christian Democratic Interior Minister, Uwe Schünemann, told the Hannover daily Neue Presse.


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