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Main Features - analysis and reporting of the minaret debate

Bern, November 29, 2009 - The Swiss people decided at the weekend to ban the building of minarets in the country. has for months been closely following and reporting on the process leading up to acceptance of the people's initiative.

Switzerland's direct democracy means that it is citizens who have the last word on important political decisions. At the weekend Swiss voted, with a majority of 58 per cent, to accept a ban on future minaret construction.

The minaret debate dossier provided by contains reactions as well as analysis articles on the result of the vote and its consequences. Further information on the debate is provided in the form of text and images, in background reports, analysis pieces, reportages and interviews with politicians and religious figures in both English and Arabic.

The link to the swissinfo English dossier: link.

The link to the swissinfo Arabic dossier: link.

swissinfo is one of the enterprise units of SRG SSR idée suisse, Switzerland's public-service radio and television broadcaster. Its remit is to inform Swiss people abroad of what is going on at home, and to raise awareness about Switzerland beyond its borders. To this end, operates a news and information platform in nine languages at

Morven McLean, English Department
Tel: +41 31 350 91 13

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