A referendum presented to Swiss voters on 29 November passed with 57 per cent of the votes, thus prohibiting further construction of Islamic minarets throughout Switzerland. The referendum was initiated by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which has a plurality of seats in the Swiss parliament. The lengthy campaign to attain the petition signatures necessary for a popular vote provoked debates across the nation of 7.6 million on the delicate nature of balancing tolerance of differing religions and traditions with the protection of Swiss culture. Yet, the principles that the referendum seemingly undermines are cornerstones of Swiss society, notably the country’s historical emphasis on cultural inclusion and religious freedom.

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