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Welcome to Switzerland - Except if you're Muslim

Voters in Switzerland have approved a ban on the construction of minarets on mosques, official results show.


Of those who cast votes in Sunday's poll, 57.5 per cent approved the ban, while only four cantons out of 26 rejected the proposals.


The result paves the way for a constitutional amendment to be made.


"The Federal Council [government] respects this decision. Consequently the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is no longer permitted," the government, which had opposed the ban, said in a statement.


The Swiss People's Party (SVP) had forced a referendum on the issue after it collected 100,000 signatures within 18 months from eligible voters.

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Taken on November 29, 2009