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Monday 19 February 2018

Turkish PM proposes ending headscarf ban in state offices

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised the West over its stance on the crisis in Egypt
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised the West over its stance on the crisis in Egypt

Turkey will end a ban that bars women from wearing the Islamic-style headscarf in state institutions Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday in a major policy speech.

The proposal was made as part of the government's long-awaited package of proposed human-rights reforms.

The new rules will not apply to the judiciary or the military. Muslim but secular Turkey has long had tough restrictions on the garb worn by women working in state offices.

Erdogan also announced plans to return monastery property belonging to Syriac Christians that was seized by the state.

Reuters

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