Angela Merkel has called for a burqa ban in Germany as she stands for her fourth consecutive term as Chancellor.
The German leader told her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) on Tuesday that she would support a nationwide prohibition on the Islamic full face covering.
“The full-face veil must be banned, wherever it is legally possible,” she said to enthusiatic applause from party delegates in Essen. “German law takes precedence over sharia.”
She also said the refugee crisis “must never be repeated” in a speech to mark her unopposed pitch to be the party’s candidate.
It comes after her close ally and Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maiziere backed a partial ban in August. He suggested a law could apply in “places where it is necessary for our society’s coexistence” such as government offices, schools, courtroom and demonstrations.