ISTANBUL, Turkey -- When Turkey's newly elected Parliament convenes for the first time today, it may face its first crisis even before members take their oaths of office.
A newly elected deputy from the Islamic-oriented Virtue Party, Merve Kavakci, says she will insist on taking her oath while wearing her head scarf.
That could lead to a confrontation with the strongly secular political establishment.
The head scarf has become an inflammatory symbol in Turkey. Powerful military and civilian leaders consider it a sign of religious militancy and anti-secular beliefs. But some women say that their scarves are simply an expression of fidelity to Islam.