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MPs on Wednesday afternoon discussed draft legislation to bring in a limited ban on the burka and other 'clothing which covers the face'.

The ban would apply to public transport, educational institutions, healthcare facilities and government buildings. A majority of MPs support the legislation, which was drawn up by home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk.

The previous cabinet had wanted to introduce a total ban on the Islamic form of dress, but the plan fell apart when the cabinet collapsed.


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