Quote: "The call of the muezzin will not sound here"
Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz on Tuesday told voters that the call of the muezzin, or Muslim imam who calls people to prayer, would not sound in Switzerland, as he campaigned against a referendum motion seeking to ban the building of minarets.
"Muslims should be able to practice their religion and have access to minarets in Switzerland too. But the call of the muezzin will not sound here," said Merz in a video broadcast to the nation.
On Tuesday, Merz reiterated the government's stance, calling on the population to "say no to the People's Initiative against the construction of minarets."
"Each religion has its particular architecture, whether it be churches, synagogues or minarets," he added.
"There I see the expression of the diversity of our society. Switzerland guarantees religious freedom. We live in a multicultural and open society. All believers, Muslims too, should be able to practice their faith," he added.
Source: Al-Arabiya (English), h/t Talk Islam