Saturday, 16 September 2017

Tunisian women are now free to marry non-Muslims

In Tunisia the law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims has reportedly been overturned.

A spokeswoman for President Beji Caid Essebsi congratulate women on gaining "the freedom to choose one's spouse" as she made the announcement that the law that restrict women from marrying non-Muslims has been overturned.

Before any 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 is a 99% Muslim country and is viewed as one of the most progressive Arab countries in terms of women's rights. Earlier on President Essebsi pushed for the lifting of the marriage restriction decree that was put in place in 1973.

The President said in his speech last month during celebrations of the National Women's day, that he marriage law was "an obstacle to the freedom of choice of the spouse."  

Tunisia constitution which was adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution was thought to be violated because of the restriction of freedom of choice of spouse.

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