Regjeringspartiet i Tyrkia, AKP, vil sammen med det nasjonalistiske MHP, legge frem et forslag om å oppheve forbudet mot skaut på universiteter. Det er et symbolsk viktig skritt i Tyrkia som har voktet skillet mellom religion og det sekulære samfunn.

The move to ease the ban has been criticised by judges and university officials.
MHP leader Devlet Bahceli said the joint plan would be submitted to parliament later on Tuesday.

Chadors, veils and burkas will not be allowed – no-one will be allowed to use headscarves as political statements against the state
Devlet Bahceli, MHP leader

«Solving the headscarf issue would relax a large segment of the society,» Mr Bahceli was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

«It is a question of rights and freedoms,» he added.

The reforms are a compromise though, our correspondent says.

The proposed changes state that only traditional scarves will be permitted in universities, tied loosely under the chin.

Headscarves that cover the neck, like those worn by many Turkish girls, will still be banned, as will the all-covering burka, or chador.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stressed that this reform will be restricted to universities.

It will not apply to women civil servants, including teachers, who are still banned from covering their heads.

Turkish MPs plan headscarf reform

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