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Kenyan polygamy law: Female MPs storm out of parliament

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imageFemale MPs in Kenya stormed out of a late-night parliamentary session in a row over the legalisation of polygamy.

The law is intended to bring civil law, where a man is only allowed one wife, into line with customary law where some cultures allow multiple partners.

But male MPs voted to amend the new marriage bill to allow men to take as many wives as they like without consulting existing spouses.

Traditionally first wives should give their approval beforehand.

Correspondents say about 30 of Kenya’s 69 women MPs were in the chamber for the debate.

They walked out in disgust over the matter.

The marriage bill now passes to the president to sign before it becomes law.

 

source: BBC.

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