Bulgaria's Patriotic Front proposed to Parliament on Wednesday to ban the wearing in public places of burqas, or head veils hiding the face, citing potential threats to national security.

If approved, the proposed new article in the Penal Code would ban the wearing of any apparel that hides the face of a person entirely or in part.

Patriotic Front co-chairman Krasimir Karakachanov told bTV broadcaster earlier on Wednesday that the burqas have never been typical for Bulgarian Muslims and their wearing was an attempt to split Bulgarian society.

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