Citizens in canton Glarus have rejected a proposal to outlaw the wearing of a burka in public.

Participants at the traditional open-air assembly in Glarus voted against the proposal launched by a member of the rightwing Swiss People's Party in 2015. Twice as many people rejected the idea than those who supported it with a show of hands.

The result means that Ticino is the only one of Switzerland's 26 cantons to introduce a burka ban. Ticino voters approved the ban in 2013.

The local People's Party is the biggest of nine political groups in Glarus, a mountain canton southeast of Zurich, but both the Glarus cantonal government and parliament had recommended that voters reject the proposal.

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