Egyptian MPs Demand Resignation Of Minister Who Criticized Veil

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In Egypt 130 parliament members demanded the resignation of the minister of culture after he criticized the Islamic veil and described wearing it as a regressive trend, the daily al-Masri al-Youm newspaper reported Tuesday.

The campaign against Culture Minister Farouk Hosni united the Muslim Brotherhood and the ruling National Democratic Party NDP in parliament for the first time as 50 NDP parliament members signed the petition demanding the minister's resignation.

The NDP, the ruling party in Egypt
, is headed by President Hosny Mubarak and has an absolute majority in parliament.

The minister complained last week in an interview that the number of Egyptian women wearing the Islamic veil is increasing rapidly. The comments aroused a wave of anger against him, especially from Islamic scholars and the Muslim Brotherhood organization

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