Following the controversial decision in both Morocco and France to outlaw the burkini, a Flemish Member of the Parliament has followed suit and called for a ban of the swimwear in Belgium.

Nadia Sminate, a Flemish MP of mixed Moroccan and Flemish origin has called for an outright ban on the swimsuit known as the burkini throughout the region.

A member of the right-leaning New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) and chair of the Radicalization Committee in the Flemish Parliament, Sminate was quoted by De Standaard, a Flemish daily as saying:

"I do not think women want to walk around on the beach with such a monstrosity in the name of their faith."

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