Tunisia: woman wearing veil serving in police

A complete "first", press underlines

25 November, 11:31

(ANSAmed) - TUNIS, NOVEMBER 25 - A Tunisian policewoman has carried out her professional duties wearing a hijab underneath the regulation police beret. The woman was photographed outside the Interior Ministry, on Tunis's central Bourguiba Avenue, the main thoroughfare in the centre of the city. The French-language newspaper Le Quotidien reports today that reactions from passers-by were varying, but all were respectful of what it called a "first, which did not leave people indifferent". Some believe the episode to be linked to the election success of the Islamic Ennahda party. According to the Business News website, "the political and urban landscape in Tunisia is changing", while policewoman's bosses "did not object, as the uniform has been respected". (ANSAmed).

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