Parliamentary ban on wearing pants gives disabled deputy hard time

CHP İstanbul Deputy Şafak Pavey came to Parliament on a wheel chair with the help of a Parliament officer and took her seat among the CHP's ranks. Click on the photo for more images.

June 29, 2011, Wednesday/ 13:04:00

A disabled deputy with a prosthetic leg from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) found herself in a difficult situation on Tuesday due to a ban on female deputies wearing trousers.

CHP İstanbul Deputy Şafak Pavey came to Parliament on a wheel chair with the help of a Parliament officer and took her seat among the CHP's ranks. However, she was apparently uncomfortable with wearing a skirt as it exposed her prosthetic leg.

Parliamentary bylaws prohibit female deputies from wearing pants and oblige male deputies to wear ties.

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