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Government sets date for minaret ballot

Voters will decide on November 29 on a controversial minaret ban proposed by righting parties.

This content was published on July 1, 2009 - 11:52

Two other issues, including a ban on the export of war material, will also be put to a nationwide vote the same day, according to a statement by the Federal Chancellery on Wednesday.

In a recent interview with swissinfo.ch, Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said she hoped emotional factors would not influence the debate in the run-up to the ballot.

The cabinet and parliament have rejected the minaret initiative. The initiative has prompted widespread concerns, including from Muslim organisations.

As a general rule nationwide votes takes place four times a year.

The next ballot is scheduled for September 27 when citizens decide on a temporary increase in Valued Added Tax to shore up the disability insurance scheme and on a restriction of the scope of people's initiatives.

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