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Tunisian President voices support for equal inheritance draft bill

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Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has announced his support for a bill that will ensure that men and women have equal rights to inheritance.
The draft inheritance equality bill has sparked controversy as it departs from a principle inspired by the Koran in many Arab countries.
In a televised speech to mark Tunisian women’s day, President Essebsi said the law would allow the testator the possibility “to either apply the Constitution or choose freedom’‘.
The current law, which is based on Islamic law, provides that as a rule, a man inherits the double of a woman of the same degree of kinship.
Meanwhile, pro-social reform protesters gathered in the Tunisian capital to support the proposed reforms by the President.
The nearly two thousand protesters largely made up of women thronged the streets of Tunis to defend their rights.

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