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Thursday, February 25, 1999 Published at 01:26 GMT

World: Middle East

Gadaffi outrage over polygamy bill

The Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gadaffi, has ordered an inquiry into an amendment of the law on polygamy.

The country's original law allowed a husband to take a second wife only if the first wife agreed, but the amendment, passed by parliament last year, removed the obligation to get the first wife's permission.

In an address to a group of women, shown on Libyan television, Colonel Gadaffi said the Supreme Court must open an inquiry as the amendment was a serious social matter.

He criticised both the parliament and those women who had accepted the change, and tore up a copy of the bill before walking out.

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