A proposal to bar public workers in Faxe Municipality from wearing burqas and niqabs on the job failed to pass on Thursday night.

City council members in the southern Zealand municipality were deadlocked 12-12 on the proposal, which was set forth by Jonas Kristinsson, a member of the national ruling party Venstre.

The tie vote meant that the proposal was scrapped, much to the relief of Faxe's mayor, Knud Erik Hansen.

"It [the ban] is unnecessary. It sends the wrong signal and I'm not even sure we could even [legally] do it," he told broadcaster TV2.

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