Switzerland: Group says anti-minaret petition to go to national referendum

Swiss nationalists say that they have enough signatures to force a nationwide Swiss referendum on whether or not to ban the construction of minarets on mosques. 103,000 signatures have been verified – exceeding the required minimum of 100,000. If approved, the referendum would take permanent place in the Swiss constitution to ban the towers, used to call Muslims to prayer. A scheduling of the vote has not been set, and may take months to arrange.