Turkish opposition vows to prevent headscarved deputies

Turkey's opposition party has said it will not allow three female deputies of the ruling to attend a parliamentary session wearing headscarves.

Turkish opposition vows to prevent headscarved deputies

Turkey's staunchly secular main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has said it will not allow three female deputies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to attend a parliamentary session wearing headscarves on Thursday.

“We will not let this happen. We will protect Parliament. We will protect Parliament's traditions and stance. The CHP will do whatever necessary by using all authority given by parliamentary bylaws,” CHP Deputy Chairman Faruk Loğoğlu said speaking at a press conference on Monday.

Denizli Deputy Nurcan Dalbudak, Kahramanmaraş Deputy Sevde Beyazıt Kaçar and Konya Deputy Gülay Samancı had earlier announced that they decided to wear headscarves after performing the hajj (pilgrimage) in Mecca this year and that they plan to attend Parliament with their headscarves . They said their decision is not politically motivated and only based on their religious beliefs.

The deputies' decision came after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced last month that the headscarf ban for most public-sector workers would be removed.

After the announcement of the democratization package, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek said that there is currently no legal ban of the Islamic headscarf in Parliament's bylaws, which he said do not mention the religious practice of women covering their hair.

Merve Kavakçı, who was Turkey's first covered deputy, was forced out of Parliament during her swearing-in ceremony for wearing a headscarf. She had been elected to Parliament in the general elections in 1999.

Cihan

Last Mod: 28 Ekim 2013, 17:52
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