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Turkish Prosecutor Warns Against Easing Headscarf Ban

Turkey’s top prosecutor warned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government that its bid to end a ban on Islamic headscarves at universities is unconstitutional and undermines secular rules, a charge that almost brought down Erdogan’s administration two years ago.

The warning was issued by the Supreme Court prosecutor’s office in Ankara, headed by Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, who sought to bar Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party, or AK Party, from politics two years ago. It came as the party held meetings with opposition groups to garner support for easing the ban, which prevents women from working in Turkish government offices or attending universities while wearing headscarves.