Spanish vote against ban on burqa in public places
Spain's parliament has rejected a proposal to ban women from wearing Islamic veils that reveal only the eyes in public.
The proposal was debated late last night; 183 MPs opposed the ban, 162 MPs voted for it and two abstained.
The non-binding proposal had been put forward by the leading opposition Popular Party, which portrayed it as a measure in support of women's rights.
However, the ruling Socialist Party opposed the ban.
Other European countries have also debated banning body covering clothing such as burqas or niqabs.
Within Spain, the city government of north-eastern Barcelona and some neighbouring town councils have already banned the wearing of such clothing in public buildings such as town halls and hospitals.