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October 31, 2013

Headscarves make a comeback in Turkish parliament

Turkish MPs cover their heads in parliament for the first time since 1999.
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Turkey's ruling AK Party (AKP) lawmaker Nurcan Dalbudak is congratulated by her party's lawmakers as she attends the general assembly wearing her headscarf at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Four Turkish MPs wore headscarves to parliament on Thursday, one month after Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lifted a 90-year-old ban on public employees wearing headscarves to work. The ban is still in place for the judiciary, police, and military.

Turkey's opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) accused the AKP lawmakers of "exploiting religion" and trying to undermine Turkey's history of secularism.
 
The last time an MP donned a headscarf in parliament was in 1999, when Merve Kavakci was booed out of her swearing-in ceremony for wearing a headscarf. 
 
AKP MP Mustafa Kemal Serbetcioglu tweeted the below image of MPs Sevde Bayazit Kacar and Nurcan Dalbudak in parliament on Thursday.
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