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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Egyptian parliament critical of Hosni’s anti-veil statements

Tension between the conservative majority and secular minority in Egypt has only grown since cultural minister Farouk Hosni’s remarks that wearing veils was a digression in Egyptian society. On Sunday, the Egyptian parliament announced that Hosni’s statement did not reflect the opinion of the Egyptian government, and was a personal viewpoint, 24 News reported yesterday.

The statement from the parliament comes after many women protested outside a Sunni Muslim institution. While Hosni has refused to apologize for his comments, he stated that he respects women’s ability to choose whether or not to wear a veil.

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