Mar­riage ban lifted

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

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.

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

A gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial 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.

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