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Swiss Vote Yes to Indonesia Trade Deal and Ban on Face-Veils

  • Environmentalists are concerned about palm-oil production
  • Face-veil ban received a backing of 51.2% in Sunday vote
Harvested palm oil fruit in East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. 

Harvested palm oil fruit in East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. 

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg
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Swiss voters backed a trade deal with Indonesia and a ban on people covering their face in public.

The trade agreement was supported by 51.6% of ballots, the government said on Sunday, an outcome signaled by a poll. Voters got a say after environmentalists argued the trade agreement let palm-oil producers off the hook too easily.