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Cabinet opposes minaret ban

The cabinet on Wednesday came out in opposition to a people's initiative to ban the construction of minarets, calling it unconstitutional.

This content was published on August 27, 2008 minutes

The response of the cabinet was not unexpected and it did not submit a counter-proposal.

In a statement, it said the prohibition of the spires, usually found outside mosques, would violate international human rights norms.

It also said that a ban would hinder integration and that it would be ineffective in the fight against extremism.

A rightwing coalition had submitted 113,540 valid signatures in support of a ban in July.

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