Turkey unveils reforms, some aimed at Kurds and lifting ban on wearing the hijab
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a package of proposals that include lifting of some restrictions on the use of the Kurdish language, as well as further steps to liberalize the wearing of Islamic headscarves.
The planned reforms announced on Monday were anticipated as key to the Kurdish peace process and for Erdogan's political prospects as he faces local, general and presidential elections in the next two years.
The unveiling of the package has been delayed a number of times. Kurdish rebels said this month that they were suspending their pullout from Turkey into bases in northern Iraq, which was part of the peace efforts, saying Erdogan's government had not made good on promises to enact reforms to improve Kurdish rights.