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The abolition of the ban was proposed nearly two years ago by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Şafak Pavey, who has a prosthetic leg. Hürriyet photo

The abolition of the ban was proposed nearly two years ago by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Şafak Pavey, who has a prosthetic leg. Hürriyet photo

Female deputies will finally be able to wear trousers, jackets and suits in Parliament’s General Assembly after a change to the legislature’s internal regulations on April 10 brought to an end a ban that had been in effect since the republic’s founding.
 
The abolition of the ban was proposed nearly two years ago, after the appearance in the media of photos of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Istanbul deputy Şafak Pavey, who has a prosthetic leg that stirred a debate about whether trouser-clad women should be allowed into Parliament. 
 
Article 56 of Parliament’s bylaws had only permitted women to wear skirts in the legislature. 
 

April/10/2013

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Chris Green

4/13/2013 11:45:16 AM

Brit: Outside could well be the best place for the majority of them!

Brit in Turkey

4/12/2013 7:06:56 PM

Chris: "Do they have to remove their trousers when they leave the assembly then?" That will get the men queueing outside!

Brit in Turkey

4/12/2013 7:05:20 PM

If trousers are pants what are pants in American English? Drawers, knickers?

Chris Green

4/12/2013 12:41:43 PM

Do they have to remove their trousers when they leave the assembly then? :-)

mara mcglothin

4/11/2013 5:59:07 PM

VARGEN Right! I am always wondering why Turkish men have so much more trouble controlling themselves than other men???

Vargen Vargen

4/11/2013 5:14:02 PM

No Levent. Women has the right to wear what ever they want. If men can not act properly, they should not be in the parliament. Cave man behaviour should never be tolerated and womens equal rights to do and wear and say what ever they want, should never be restricted because of men. Period.

Faruk Beisser

4/11/2013 5:07:20 PM

Of course the short skirts detract the macho men of Gülen/Erbakan AKP! Let us pass a law requiring all female members of parliament to wear burkas! Then no small minded man will be distracted! Hooray for the burka

Rimon Tree

4/11/2013 3:37:56 PM

LOL! Pants? Didn't Turkish parliament members wear pants until now? Not very hygienic, is it?

mara mcglothin

4/11/2013 3:16:28 PM

Formal business attire should be the only requirement for Parliament, and let everyone decide as to what that means. Just think what a better place the World is when we don't have to look at Hillary's legs!!!!

Levent Vatandas

4/11/2013 2:13:27 PM

@Misses Ataturk The comment serves your name and for one moment I deluded myself to be in the year 1924. I do agree to certain extent about it being weak to express these feelings. However this is the reality of the world we live in, I think it needs to be balanced: the men should abstain their selves from looking to much and the women should not induce it.
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