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  • September 2008: Federal Vote on Minarets

A committee composed of members of the UDF (Federal Democratic Union) and the SVP (Swiss People’s Party) filed a federal popular initiative on 8th July 2008 seeking to ban minarets throughout the country by amending Article 72 of the Constitution, which makes the Confederation and the cantons responsible for maintaining religious peace. This initiative is currently being considered by parliament.The ’Popular Initiative’ allows citizens to propose a constitutional amendment. To be valid, it must be signed by 100,000 people within 18 months.

D 23 October 2008   

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