The same group that launched the initiative to ban the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is now seeking a national law to prohibit the wearing of veils and other face-covering headgear.

The Ergerkingen Committee, linked to the right-wing Swiss People's Party, announced in a statement on Tuesday that it planned to file a text of its proposal with federal authorities in the next few days.

The initiative is based on a petition that was backed by voters in the canton of Ticino in September 2013 and echoes similar legislation in France and Belgium.

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