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Parliamentary regulations currently prevent women deputies, such as the CHP's Şafak Pavey, from wearing trousers. DAILY NEWS photo

Parliamentary regulations currently prevent women deputies, such as the CHP's Şafak Pavey, from wearing trousers. DAILY NEWS photo

Göksel Bozkurt Göksel Bozkurt goksel.bozkurt@hurriyet.com.tr

Parliament’s Constitution Commission will hold a meeting in the coming days in a bid to resolve the controversy over the ban on trousers for female deputies.

Currently, Parliament’s related article on internal regulations states only that “Ladies wear skirts.” The Commission plans to amend it to state, “Ladies wear skirts or jackets with trousers.”

The Constitution Commission will discuss the issue either later this week or next week.

The ban, which has long been a source of complaint among female deputies, returned to the agenda after four ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputies entered a General Assembly meeting wearing headscarves on Oct. 31.

Following the entry of those deputies, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek said the trousers issue could be resolved through reconciliation and without any amendment in internal regulations, as was the case with headscarves.

However, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Şafak Pavey, who has a prosthetic leg and has not been allowed to wear trousers due to Parliament’s internal regulations, has insisted on not wearing trousers until the internal regulations are changed.

At Parliament’s Planning and Budget Commission on Nov. 4, Çiçek used the presentation for his office’s budget for 2014 as an opportunity to once more express his regret over the absence of a consensus on amending internal regulations on a number of issues. He also lamented the absence of a breakthrough at the Constitution Conciliation Commission, which is still working to dry to draft a new Constitution.

“We haven’t yet arrived at a consensus on the Constitution, and this consensus still seems rather far away. At least, we should have an opportunity to draft a bylaw which will provide an effective and productive Parliament study,” he said.


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Brit in Turkey

11/6/2013 2:50:34 PM

a shah: The current ruling in parliament is that they should display their assets. I feel very sorry for the MP with the artificial leg. It must be very difficult for her. The man/woman role goes back to hereditary genes - man the hunter, woman the hunted I guess. Strange that with many creatures, other than humans, the male is always the pretty one and the female rather plain.

Çılgın Kanarya

11/5/2013 10:28:40 PM

AGNES SMITH, Not in Turkey they can't, no! Not in Turkey they can't, no! :)

Halil Ibrahim

11/5/2013 9:27:38 PM

@shah Yes I agree women's skirts are just a flagging mechanism for male sexual arousal, I doubt skirts are made for comfort and ease of use or legs for walking around or anything preposterous like that. Actually the Taliban Burqa reveals too much of woman's shape and possibly exposes her feet. If Women need to leave the house they should step into a wooden box with wheels on the bottom, then her husband can drag her around, if he has four wives he can link them up like a little train.

Brit in Turkey

11/5/2013 6:59:28 PM

Dayna Lewis and Red Tail: But are they sufficiently intelligent, using their brains and working for the people? Looks like three "Nos" there to me.

Agnes Smith

11/5/2013 6:40:33 PM

Cant everyone just ware what they to ?

Agnes Smith

11/5/2013 6:39:29 PM

Cant everyone just ware what they to ?

a shah

11/5/2013 5:06:03 PM

I have never understood why women expose their legs more often than men do. If one could guess it is to display one's physical assets to the opposite sex provided those assets are worth diplaying , of course it is all under the guise of modernity and westernization. Perhaps those individuals in whom such a display would be counterproductive would be older and heavily set persons. In the diplomatic world Hillory Clinton and Angela Merkil comes to mind.

Halil Ibrahim

11/5/2013 3:39:31 PM

I hope miss Pavey buy's trousers that will match the headscarf and raincoat she will be forced to wear soon since her party was utterly crushed by the AKP.

mara mcglothin

11/5/2013 3:12:18 PM

I am so glad that we have no such law in the USA or we would have all been subjected to Hillary Clinton's legs! ouch!

sam stevens

11/5/2013 1:42:36 PM

I can tell you what will happen, trousers stay banned & burkas allowed,end of problem………..as the AKP would see it !
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