A woman who attended parliament in a headscarf in 1999 was booed and had her citizenship revoked
Four female lawmakers from Turkey’s Islamic-rooted ruling party attended a parliament session on Thursday wearing headscarves, for the first time in 14 years.
In 1999, Turkish American lawmaker Merve Kavakci arrived in parliament wearing a headscarf for her swearing-in ceremony. She was booed out of the house and then had her Turkish citizenship revoked.
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lifted on September 30 a decades-old ban on headscarves in the civil service as part of a package of reforms meant to improve democracy and freedoms.
The measure was hailed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose wife wears a headscarf, as a “step towards normalisation”.