Saturday 19 April 2014

Turkey leader removes ban on headscarves

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has revealed a wide range of reforms in a "democracy package" that includes the removal of secular rules banning headscarves and greater freedoms for Kurdish minorities.

Describing the changes as a historic step on the path to a more inclusive society, the reforms are particularly aimed at appealing to the country's Kurdish and Roma groups.

The most controversial change will be the removal of the ban on headscarves in public institutions, a 90-year-old law designed to keep religion out of politics.

Outraged commentators on Twitter described this as an example of the prime minister's "Islamic secret agenda".

Irish Independent

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