referendum on Minaret ban receiving widespread condemnation:
The Swiss People's Party's referendum to ban the construction of
Minaret in Switzerland that won the support from majority is
receiving widespread condemnation from all corner ......
ban referendum wins Swiss support:
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....
Muslims should consider withdrawing their money from Swiss bank
accounts in response to the country’s ban on construction of
minarets, a Turkish minister said.
“I am certain this (vote) will prompt our brothers from Muslim
countries who keep their money and investments in Swiss banks to
review their decision,” said Egemen Bagis, cited by Turkish daily
Bagis is the chief negotiator for Turkey’s European Union accession
as well as minister for European affairs.
2008, when banks around the world were falling, no bank was affected
in Turkey, and the door of Turkey’s banking system is open to them,”
Turkish president Abdullah Gul said Tuesday that Switzerland’s vote
was contrary to fundamental rights and freedoms.
His comments were echoed by Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who added that it was a bad decision
for Switzerland to hold the referendum.
At the weekend a majority of Swiss
voters endorsed a ban on mosque minarets in the country.
More than 57 percent of voters, as
well as 22 out of Switzerland’s 26 cantons voted in favour of the
ban, despite the government’s opposition to such a move, saying it
would harm the country’s image.