Turkey is preparing to lift the ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves
Turkey's ruling AK party has come to an agreement with a nationalist party on lifting the ban on women's Islamic headscarves in the country's universities. The move will doubtless upset Turkey's secular elite, who see the ban as a key element separating religion from the state.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan - whose wife and daughters wear the headscarf - denies claims by secularists that his AK party - which has its roots in Islam - is trying to boost the role of religion in the staunchly secular nation. A statement said: "The issue of the headscarf was evaluated in terms of rights and freedoms, and the technical work on lifting the ban is continuing."
The ruling party needs parliamentary backing from the nationalists of the MHP to reform two clauses in the constitution, one which (...)