Government coalition parties the Liberal (Venstre) and Liberal Alliance parties have both announced their support for a public ban on garments that mask the face.

The announcements pave the way for the burqa and niqab to be outlawed in the Scandinavian country.

The stance by Liberal Alliance represents a shift in the party's official line on the issue, while Venstre, the senior party in the government, had waited before the announcement of an official line with opinion divided amongst its MPs, reports broadcaster DR.

Venstre reached agreement on an official line during a party meeting on Friday morning, according to DR's report.

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