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Norway’s parliament votes to ban burqa in schools and universities

Banning coverings 'does not solve the problem of women being exposed to negative social control', say opponents

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A Muslim woman wearing a niqab poses in Montreuil, outside Paris, France (File photo) ( Getty )

Norway’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban on wearing the burqa or niqab in nurseries, schools and universities.

Members of the Storting voted 91 to eight to adopt amendments to several laws that, together, “imply that there is a prohibition on the use of clothing that fully or partially covers the face” in an educational setting.

The bill was proposed in March and passed its first reading on Tuesday, according to the parliament’s website, and will become an act if it passes a second debate. That debate will take place on Monday, a Storting spokeswoman told The Independent.

Following that, it must receive royal assent from King Harald V before it officially becomes law.

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