Female lawmakers have attended a Turkish parliament session wearing headscarves for the first time in 14 years on Thursday.
The four female MPs are from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
On September 30, the AKP lifted a decades-old ban on headscarves in the civil service as part of a package of reforms meant to enhance democracy and increase civil liberty.
The measure was hailed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose wife wears a headscarf, as a "step towards normalization".
But his opponents have branded it an election maneuver as the country braces for an election cycle beginning with municipal polls in March next year.
The headscarf is a sensitive symbol in Turkey as it is viewed by secularists a sign of political Islam in stark contrast to the republic's strongly secular traditions.
In 1999, Turkish American lawmaker Merve Kavakci arrived in parliament wearing a headscarf for her swearing-in ceremony. She was booed out of the house and then had her Turkish citizenship revoked.
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