Voters in the eastern Swiss canton of Glarus will decide whether to ban the wearing of face coverings in public, similar to the successful initiative in canton Ticino. The move would effectively outlaw burkas and niqabs.

On Wednesday the Glarus parliament approved a proposal, supported only by members of the conservative right Swiss People's Party.

The cantonal government, which opposed the proposal, must now prepare a bill on banning face coverings. It will be put to the local open-air assembly, in which all citizens in the canton can take part. This vote will probably take place in May 2017.

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