Belgian first as woman deputy sworn in wearing veil
A Belgian lawmaker of Turkish origin was sworn in at the Brussels regional parliament Tuesday wearing an Islamic headscarf, in a first for the kingdom.
Members of her family and a strong contingent of Turkish media attended.
Ozdemir, dressed in a beige dress with a headscarf marked by turquoise coloured squares, smiled broadly in response and flashed a discreet V sign to her family.
Ozdemir later told reporters that she "does not want to be the representative of a community, but of all the people of Brussels," and said that "the veil has in no way slowed me down."
Opponents of wearing the veil in public distributed flyers at the entry to the parliament building, but they did not disturb proceedings inside.