Turkey: headscarved MPs set to enter Parliament

28 October, 12:39

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 28 - The Turkish Parliament will either experience 'déjà vu' with tension, or will mark a milestone by allowing women wearing headscarves to enter, with more than one female deputy having announced that they will be wearing headscarves when they come to Parliament this week. The outcome, as daily Hurriyet reports, will depend on the reaction of the opposition parties, particularly the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Sevde Bayazit Kacar and Gulay Samanci, both deputies for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), delivered separate statements over the weekend, making clear that they would soon be coming to General Assembly meetings at Parliament wearing headscarves. Speaking to daily Sabah's on Saturday, Kacar even gave an exact date, saying she would come to Parliament wearing a headscarf next Thursday, October 31. A debate on whether Parliament's regulations allow for deputies to wear headscarves was sparked after the government's abolition of a headscarf ban for female public servants as part of the recently announced "democratization package." (ANSAmed).

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