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Tunisian president calls for change to Muslim marriage decree


TUNIS, Aug. 15– Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Sunday
asked the government to end a decree that bans Muslim women from marrying
non-Muslims.

“I ask the Minister of Justice to review the ‘circular’ because we have
some Tunisian women married to foreigners,” Essebsi said during a ceremony
at the Palace of Carthage on the occasion of Tunisian Women’s Day. “The
Tunisian Constitution allows this kind of modification,” Essebsi said in
the presence of the Head of the Government Youssef Chahed and Minister of
Justice Ghazi Jeribi. The president also said that his country is seeking
to establish equality between men and women in inheritance. “A commission
was created, which will have as prerogative to see how can be put in place
the equality in the inheritance,” said the president. In his speech,
Essebsi said he favored the candidacy of a woman in the presidential
election in 2019, given that Tunisian women are everywhere on the
administrative hierarchy and in most of the senior decision-making
positions of the country. Tunisia granted women the right to vote in 1957.-XINHUA