“He also warned against ‘racism from the other side’, giving the example of a Muslim taxi driver refusing to take Orthodox Jews,” a statement said, adding: “This is absolutely unacceptable.” The President’s office said he believed prohibitions were only justified in select circumstances, such as for female judges, where religious dress could raise questions over their professional neutrality.Mr Van der Bellen would apply any restrictions to all religious symbols equally, including Christian crosses and Jewish kippas.That’s a change of heart from the April note they left behind for their parents that read: “Don’t look for us.We will serve Allah, and we will die for him.” For weeks, social-media accounts believed to belong to the girls had been posting pictures and information that seemed to suggest the young duo enjoyed living a life of terror.The pictures showed the two girls smiling and wearing their new Muslim garb, sometimes while flanked by armed fighters.
The green-backed independent triumphed over his populist right-wing rival Norbert Hofer in December after an unprecedented repeat vote.
Three corpses have been recovered,' Sabine Reinthaler, spokeswoman in Tyrol state, told AFP.'The other person has been located under the snow and is being pulled out,' she said.
It was unclear whether this person, buried in 12m-deep (40ft) was still alive.
Despite the President’s left-wing background, the Austrian government is a coalition between the centrist Social Democratic Party and conservative Austrian People's Party.
The populist Freedom Party of Austria has pushed for policies including a partial ban on full-face Islamic veils in courts, schools and other public places, which was announced in January.