The Constitutional Court, the highest judicial body, said
lifting the headscarf ban was contrary to three articles in the
constitution, including article two that specifies that Turkey
is a secular republic. Turkey is also 99 percent Muslim.
The AK Party says the right to wear the headscarf at
university is a personal and religious freedom. Secularists see
it as a symbol of political Islam.
"If Turkey is a secular, democratic state, we must all
respect the (court's) decisions. The ruling states the
obvious," military chief General Yasar Buyukanit told