Tu­nisian women free to marry non-Mus­lims

Fiji Sun - - World News - BBC

Tu­nis: Tu­nisia has over­turned a law that banned women from mar­ry­ing non-Mus­lims.

A spokes­woman for Pres­i­dent Beji Caid Essebsi made the an­nounce­ment and con­grat­u­lated women on gain­ing “the free­dom to choose one’s spouse”.

Un­til now, a non-Mus­lim man who wished to marry a Tu­nisian Mus­lim woman had to con­vert to Is­lam and sub­mit a cer­tifi­cate of his con­ver­sion as proof. Tu­nisia, which is 99% Mus­lim, is viewed as one of the most pro­gres­sive Arab coun­tries in terms of women’s rights.

The new law comes af­ter Pres­i­dent Essebsi pushed for the lift­ing of the mar­riage re­stric­tion de­cree that was put in place in 1973.

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