Austria passes controversial 'Islam bill' into law

February 26, 2015 10:34 AM

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Austria passes controversial 'Islam bill' into law

Islam has been an official religion in Austria since 1912. The Islam law, known as Islam Gesetz, was introduced by Austria's last emperor, Franz Josef, after the Austro-Hungarian Empire annexed Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The bill, prepared by Austria's coalition of Social Democratic Party and People's Party, passed into law at Wednesday's general assembly meeting that witnessed heated debates between the deputies from government and the opposition.

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