Republic of Congo State Bans Face-Covering Veils

The president of Republic of Congo's Islamic High Council says the government is banning women from being fully veiled in public to allow for the identification of people to prevent extremist violence. El Hadj Djibril Bopaka said Saturday that the Muslim population in Republic of Congo, which is a minority, is reacting positively to the measure. Republic of Congo has a population of some 800,000 registered Muslims. The country is more than 90 percent Christian, and the remaining 10 percent includes Muslims and those who follow traditional animist beliefs.