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Kenya eases polygamy laws for men

AFP-JIJI

Kenya’s parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out, reports said Friday.

The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalize customary law on marrying more than one person. The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband’s choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a version of the text that dropped this clause.