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AK Party in trouble in Turkey over headscarf ban

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AK Party in trouble in Turkey over headscarf ban

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Turkey’s ruling AK Party is to hold an emergency meeting, to discuss the implications of the Constitutional Court’s decision to overturn the bill lifting the headscarf ban in universities.

The court cited Article 2 of the Turkish Constitution, which describes Turkey as a “secular and democratic Republic”.

Many believe the AK Party will now be forced out. Baskin Oran is a professor at Ankara University. He says: “Overturning the headscarf ban means the court has decided to close down the AK Party, which is what it should do.”

The headscarf reform has rekindled a decades-old dispute over the role of Islam in a country of 70 million people that is officially secular but predominantly Muslim.

The now-defeated headscarf issue plays a central role in another case that looks to close the AK Party for anti-secular activities, and ban 71 members, including the prime minister and president, from belonging to a political party for five years.