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Bulgaria's National Assembly voted on September 30 to approve the second reading of a law banning the wearing of clothing partly concealing or hiding the face in public places, known as the "burqa ban".

The law forbids the wearing in public of clothing disguising or concealing the face, whether solid or translucent clothing and various other items, including masks.

The penalty for a first offence will be 200 leva (about 102 euro), and 1500 leva for second and further offences, along with suspension of social benefits. If the offenders are public officials, the fine for a first offence will be 500 leva, and 2000 leva for second and further offences.


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