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Germany's Angela Merkel seeks to ban burqas

Germany may become the next European country to ban burqas and the veils as German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that she wants to ban "full-face veils."

Addressing her fellow Christian Democratic Union party members in Essen, Germany, the German leader said that she is willing to outlaw "full-face covering".

Merkel was re-elected Tuesday to lead the CDU party after she managed to garner 89.5 percent of the delegate votes.

During the speech, Merkel said "full-facial covering should be banned," Bloomberg reported. The statements made by Merkel are in line with the sentiments expressed by her party members, who also want to ban the burqas.

Burqas or hijabs are a special garment that covers the body from head to toe, are traditionally worn by those of Muslim faith.

"The burqa is not a sign of freedom of religion, but a sign of the freedom and oppression of women. We cannot accept this in Germany," Dennis Gladiator, domestic political speaker of the Christian Democrats, told German news outlet Die Welt in August.

It may be recalled that burqa was first banned in France in 2011.