Egypt's Sisi says he is alarmed by high divorce rates

2017-01-24 19:29
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Cairo - Egypt's president says he is alarmed by his country's high divorce rates and is suggesting ground-breaking legislation to ban Muslim husbands from verbally declaring their spouses divorced.

In a televised address, President Abdel-Fatteh al-Sisi said on Tuesday he has recently learned that 40% of Egypt's 900 000 annual marriages end in divorce after five years.

He suggested that legislation should be adopted so a divorce would be legal only if it is done in the presence of a "maazoun," a cleric authorized by the government to administer marriage and divorce.

Some couples already do that, but many husbands also divorce verbally - often in the heat of an argument - before later documenting the divorce.

"They should go to the maazoun, so it's not just a word casually uttered," said al-Sisi.

Read more on:    abdel fattah al sisi  |  egypt  |  north africa

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