PM Erdoğan calls on parties to settle headscarf issue after referendum

Turkey’s long-standing ban on the Islamic headscarf in the public sphere has continued to dominate the referendum rallies of political party leaders, with the latest development being the prime minister’s call on the opposition to cooperate with the government to solve the issue following the Sept. 12 constitutional referendum.

Headscarves were banned on university campuses in the late 1990s by a Constitutional Court ruling, stating that the scarf was seen as a political and religious symbol. Passage of a constitutional amendment permitting the wearing of headscarves in public universities, also reversed by the Constitutional Court, nearly led to the banning of the AK Party in 2008.

Source: Today’s Zaman

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