Report: Turkey's PM says ban on headscarf should be removed

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September 19, 2007 13:20

 
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Turkey's Prime Minister has said the ban on wearing headscarves in universities should be rescinded, the Financial Times reported Wednesday. "The right to higher education cannot be restricted because of what a girl wears. There is no such problem in western societies but there is a problem in Turkey and I believe it is the first duty of those in politics to solve this problem," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying. Erdogan's Justice and Development Party has formed a group of legislators and scholars to write a new Constitution that will replace the current one, which was written during military rule following a coup in 1980.

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