Monday 20 November 2017

Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims

Mokhtar Agrebi, left, and Latifa Trabelsi work in a pharmacy in Tunis. Tunisia's president has vowed to make inheritance and marriage rules fairer to women (AP/Hassene Dridi)
Mokhtar Agrebi, left, and Latifa Trabelsi work in a pharmacy in Tunis. Tunisia's president has vowed to make inheritance and marriage rules fairer to women (AP/Hassene Dridi)

The Tunisian government has lifted a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims on the recommendation of the president, who says Tunisia needs to modernise, officials said.

Muslim men were allowed to marry non-Muslim women, but not the other way around.

A government official on Friday said such marriages can now be freely registered.

The plan has drawn the ire of Muslim clerics, who consider marriage rules unquestionable in Islamic Shariah law, on which the Tunisian legal system is based.

President Beji Caid Essebsi has promised to fight discrimination in a country where most medical, agricultural and textile workers and those with higher education are women.

Another president-led initiative, to make inheritance rules fairer to women, has not yet been decided on.

AP

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