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Ecevits wife under fire from Virtue

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Ecevits wife under fire from Virtue

The chairwoman of the pro-Islamist Virtue Party’s Women League, says the prime minister’s wife is trying to cover for husband’s weak...


Speaking at a press conference at Virtue Headquarters in Ankara, Çelik accused Rahşan Ecevit, the wife of the prime minister and deputy chairwoman of senior coalition partner the Democratic Left Party (DSP), of trying to protect her husband from a political rough spot. Çelik was referring to comments by Ecevit that young women who wear headscarves now would one day find themselves unable to free themselves of the grip of relgious fundamentalism. Ecevit indicated the headscarf with which young women cover their heads was the only visible aspect of this movement, which also included extreme religious beliefs and opposition to the secular regime.

       Çelik countered by pointing out that many of the country’s past leaders had sisters and mothers who wore headscarves, claiming that this did not hinder their son’s or brother’s rise in Turkish politics. She added that their children where not trapped in religious fundamentalism. She summed up by saying that Ecevit’s words were divisive and unhelpful in the country’s democratization.

       

       

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The chairwoman of the pro-Islamist Virtue Party’s Women League, says the prime minister’s wife is trying to cover for husband’s weak...