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Turkish Parliament Repeals Trousers Ban for Women Lawmakers

by Kathy Jones on November 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM
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 Turkish Parliament Repeals Trousers Ban for Women Lawmakers

Turkish lawmakers have repealed the ban on trousers being worn by women lawmakers in the assembly following a major government reform that allows them to wear Islamic headscarves.

The end to the trouser prohibition was approved late Wednesday when ruling party lawmakers backed a motion on it.

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The issue came to the fore after a female opposition lawmaker with a prosthetic leg and arm, Safak Pavey, complained in a parliamentary address last month about being forced to wear skirts in the chamber.

In late October, four female lawmakers from the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) attended parliament wearing headscarves, breaking a long taboo in the staunchly secular country.

The AKP has a comfortable majority in the 550-seat parliament with 327 deputies. There are a total of 79 female lawmakers.

Source: AFP
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