• Short Summary

    Tanzania's Parliament started its first session of the year yesterday (Tuesday). Among the eight bills?

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    Tanzania's Parliament started its first session of the year yesterday (Tuesday). Among the eight bills submitted to the MPs was a controversial plan to bring uniformity to the marriage laws in the country.

    The session -- the second since the country's general election last October -- is expected to last about a week. But this will largely depend on the debate generated by the Law of Marriage Bill.

    If the Bill becomes law it will set down statutes of wedlock in a land where marriages are currently governed by Moslem and Christian Law, as well as by local custom. It fixes 15 as the youngest age at which a girl can marry in normal circumstances.

    But the Bill does not apply to the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, where there were reports last year of girls being married against their will.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9J3TYX0UB3H3EHZSSRB01UER1
    Media URN:
    VLVA9J3TYX0UB3H3EHZSSRB01UER1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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