The mayor of Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city, says that he personally supports banning the burqa in public places but it will be up to the city council to decide on a proposed ban.

Ivan Totev, of centre-right party GERB – the majority partner in national government – was reacting to a proposal by nationalist party VMRO to be put to the next meeting of Plovdiv city council.

Totev said that while his personal opinion was that there should be a step towards banning the burqa in public places, Plovdiv's city councillors from GERB would decide on their stance after VMRO tables the wording of the proposed ban on the burqa.

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