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Tunisia bans face veils in public over security concerns

Christian Fernsby |
The Tunisian prime minister has banned the wearing of face-covering veils in public institutions for security reasons.

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Prime minister Youssef Chahed signed an order on Friday demanding that ministers, governors and heads of public establishments ‘take the necessary dispositions to stop all people whose faces are covered from entering public buildings’.

The decision came after a suicide bombing in Tunis by a wanted militant.

Witnesses said the suicide bomber, who blew himself up on Tuesday, was disguised in a niqab.

The Interior Ministry denied this was the case.

The measure said the ban was needed ‘to preserve public security’ and ensure the smooth running of establishments.

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