Even before it has reached the stage of formal debate in committees and in the National Assembly, draft legislation tabled by Bulgaria's nationalist Patriotic Front coalition that would ban the wearing of the burqa in public places appears poised for approval.

Support for the bill, tabled in Bulgaria's Parliament on April 20, has been expressed by MPs from the largest party – centre-right GERB, the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, and coalition government minority partner the centre-right Reformist Bloc coalition.

Minority socialist party ABC, a participant in the coalition government, has taken no formal decision but is leaning towards supporting the ban. It is expected that Volen Siderov's Ataka is likely to support the ban.

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