According to ANSAmed:
Algeria: No to Policewomen With Veil
ALGIERS, MAY 19 - The women who wear the hijab (the Islamic veil) will not be admitted in the Algerian police, director of the national security Ali Tounsi announced, cited by the Algerian press.
“The women who want to join the police will have to renounce the veil because this Islamic attribute is incompatible with the difficult job in the police,” Tounsi said during a ceremony of the week on the national security information in Skikda (600 km east of Algiers).
Algeria boasts the “biggest number of female agents in the countries of the Arab world”, Minister Delegate to Interior Ministry and local authorities Daho Ould Kablia said. The women in the police number some 9,000, equal to 7.8% of the total.
By 2010 the police will have some 200,000 agents, against the current 140,000, Tounsi also said. Some 40,000 in Algiers alone, against the current 23,000.
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