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Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in public institutions

A supporter of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds an AKP 'Justice and Development' party flag during a rally in Istanbul on June 16, 2013

A supporter of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds an AKP 'Justice and Development' party flag during a rally in Istanbul on June 16, 2013  (AFP/File)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday announced that his government would lift a ban on wearing headscarves in public institutions as part of reforms to boost rights.

"We are lifting the ban in public institutions," said the prime minister.

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