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Tunisian PM bans wearing of niqab in public institutions

Tunisian PM bans wearing of niqab in public institutions
FILE PHOTO: Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed waves during a welcome ceremony for his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte in Tunis, Tunisia, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi -
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TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has banned the wearing of the niqab face veil in public institutions “for security reasons” an official source told Reuters on Friday.

The decision follows Tuesday’s suicide bombing in Tunis by a wanted militant.

It was the third such incident within a week and came as Tunisia prepares for autumn elections and at the peak of a tourist season in which the country hopes to draw record number of visitors. Islamic State has claimed all three attacks.

(Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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