Turkey: Erdogan likely to lift headscarf ban for uni profs

Still in effect for civil servants

15 January, 18:55

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JANUARY 15 - Turkey's Council of Higher Education has asked the government to pass a bill authorizing female university professors to wear Islamic headscarves to work, Zaman newspaper reported Tuesday.

The measure will likely pass the country's national assembly, where Islamic nationalist Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) holds an absolute majority. The Erdogan administration in 2010 lifted the ban on headscarves for university students, and for elementary and middle school students during religion classes. The Islamic headscarf is still banned for civil servants. Such measures are seen by some as chipping away at Turkey's identity as a secular state, a principle enshrined in the Turkish Constitution of 1924 by founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.(ANSAmed).