Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has declared that it will
work strongly to prevent three women from the ruling Justice and Development
Party (AKP) from wearing headscarves in parliament on Thursday.
not let this happen. We will protect Parliament. We will protect Parliament’s
traditions and stance,” the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman quoted CHP deputy
chairman Faruk Logoglu as saying at a Monday press conference.
will do whatever is necessary, using all the authority given by parliamentary
bylaws,” he added.
Logoglu also told the paper that the culture of
institutions must be respected and that “we will not let Parliament become the
backyard of the ruling party.”
He vowed to oppose the practice “with
every opportunity we have,” adding that the headscarf was “a symbol of a
mind-set against secularism.”
According to the report, the three female
parliamentarians – Denizli Deputy Nurcan Dalbudak, Kahramanmaras Deputy Sevde
Beyazıt Kacar and Konya Deputy Gulay Samancı – announced their decision to wear
the headscarves after performing the haj pilgrimage in Mecca this
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last month that
headscarves would be allowed in the public sector.