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Turkey women MPs wear headscarves in parliament
November 1, 2013, 9:50 am
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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”.

 

 

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