Turkey’s ruling party says the country’s top court has violated the constitution by blocking moves to allow women to wear Islamic headscarves in universities.
The AK Party held an emergency meeting after judges overturned a government-led reform, voted through by parliament, lifting a long-standing ban.
Party leaders accused judges of interference.
“The court was only authorised to carry out procedural examination of laws passed by parliament and cannot rule on their contents,” said AK Party deputy chairman, Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat.
On the streets, there was also anger at the ruling with protests in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir and in Istanbul. Because of the ban, thousands of women have not gone to university or have gone abroad to study.
The Constitutional Court, which cancelled the reform, is a bastion of Turkey’s secular establishment which sees the headscarf as a symbol of political Islam.
While denying it has an Islamist agenda, the AK Party is now facing a separate court case that could see it banned for alleged anti-secular activities.