Egypt Presents its First 'Veiled' Anchorwoman

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- For the first time ever, Egyptian state television presented an anchor wearing the Muslim hijab headscarf on Sunday.

Anchorwoman Fatma Nabil, a cream-colored scarf covering her hair and neck, told Al-Mary Al-Youm she was delighted to host the noon news broadcast on Egypt's Channel 1.

"It is an historic day for me," she said, adding that she had "passed the test after the revolution." Three more veiled women are slated to anchor Egyptian television news.

During the 30-year rule of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, women wearing the hijab did not appear on camera. An Egyptian court overturned the ruling in January.

Nabil said her appearance was not part of the "Brotherhood-ization" of Egypt.

"The veil is a personal choice," she said, adding that not every veiled Muslim is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or of its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party.

But she told the Brotherhood's daily Freedom and Justice newspaper her appearance is evidence of the revolution's success.

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