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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 March, 2004, 15:17 GMT
Saudi sets sights on 60th bride
Saudis in traditional dress
Multiple wives are common among Saudis and other Gulf Arabs
A Saudi businessman aged 64 has just made a young girl his 58th bride and says he intends to have two more weddings to bring his total to 60.

Saleh al-Saiari, who has fathered 36 children, took a 13-year-old to be his latest bride a month ago and told a newspaper he was in "very good health".

He said he would draw lots to decide which of his current wives he would divorce to make room for two more.

Under Saudi law, Muslim men may have four wives at any one time.

Mr Saiari told Asharq Al-Awsat that he had first married at the age of 14 and planned to "round off [his married life] with a 60th wedding".

He said his spouses included both "university graduates and illiterate women" but he preferred educated wives.

The businessman, who was once a shepherd, said he would "resort to the usual draw" to choose which of his current four wives to drop.

It was not immediately clear what happened to those of Mr Saiari's wives he divorced.


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