It was a victory for the Red-Green Party's Asmaa Abdol-Hamid and a bitter defeat for the Danish People's Party on Tuesday when parliament's board of governors ruled that MPs may dress as they wish in parliament, so long as they can be recognised by their colleagues.

The decision was specific taken up in response to the issue of women wearing the traditional Muslim headscarf.

Abdol-Hamid is a parliamentary candidate for her party, and she said she would continue wearing her headscarf should she become an MP. The Danish People's Party (DF) sought to forbid headscarves in parliament and filed a complaint with the board.

Although the board approved the wearing of headscarves, its ruling means the Muslim burka, which covers all of a woman's body, is forbidden.

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