Monday, September 3, 2007

Turkey's First Lady Snubbed by Military Leadership

Turkey's new President Abdullah Gul attended the army's Victory Day celebrations on Thursday, but in a fresh snub the new first lady, who wears the Islamic headscarf, was not invited.

Gul, who was elected on Tuesday as strictly secular Turkey's first president with an Islamic background, sat between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and chief of staff Yasar Buyukanit.

But the three men barely exchanged remarks as they watched the ceremony. First lady Hayrunnisa Gul, whose headscarf hard-line secularists view as a symbol of political Islam, was absent, as was the wife of Erdogan who also covers her head.

Read on at: MAS News & Views

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