Turkish president signs constitutional amendments easing headscarf ban Patrick Porter at 2:50 PM ET
[JURIST] Turkish President Abdullah Gul [official profile] Friday approved amendments to the country's constitution [text] that will ease a current ban on Islamic headscarves [JURIST report] in universities. Gul's office said in a statement that the amendments did not conflict with the country's "basic principles." Opposition parties have said they will appeal to the nation's Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish], and many critics say that ending the ban is intended as a political statement against secular principles.
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