Turkey's highest court has elected a woman as its chief justice for the first time in its history.
The decision placed a female judge in one of the most powerful institutions in the predominantly Muslim country as it presses for European Union membership.
Tulay Tugcu, 63, is the only women to hold such a top judicial position in the Muslim world.
Tugcu was elected after a 59th round of voting among high court judges, newspapers said. She is expected to hold the position until her retirement in 2007.
(Source: The Age)