June 5th, 2008 13:33 EST
Islamic headscarves forbidden at Turkish universities
Turkey`s top court has ruled that Islamic headscarves cannot be worn at Turkish universities.
The court Thursday annulled constitutional reforms that lifted a decades-old ban on women wearing headscarves at schools. It said the reforms violate the country`s secular principles.
President Abdullah Gul approved the reforms in February.
Analysts say today`s ruling may strengthen a controversial attempt by Turkey`s top prosecutor, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, to shut down the ruling Justice and Development, or AK, party.
The prosecutor also has called for about 70 AK party members, including Mr. Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to be barred from politics.
Yalcinkaya has accused the AK party of working against Turkey`s secular system. The party has denied the charges and calls Yalcinkaya`s bid to shut it down anti-democratic.
Turkish secularists, including the army, accuse the AK party of seeking to boost the role of religion by easing restrictions on religious symbols such as Islamic headscarves.
Mr. Gul`s Islamic-oriented government said allowing the scarves was a matter of religious and personal freedom.
Turkey banned headscarves in public places, schools and universities in the 1980s.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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