Polygamy in Libya

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Polygamous unions are legal in Libya. Previously, under the rule of Muammar Gaddafi, a man needed to prove that he was capable of providing for the wives with reasons and required the consent of the first wife. This changed in February 2013, however, when the Constitutional Court overturned the previous law.[1][2][3]

Depending on pre-2011 censuses, percent of polygamists in Libya decreased from 3.56% in 1995, to 2.57% in 2006.[4]


  1. ^ "Libyan men now allowed to remarry without consent of first wife: court rule". English.alarabiya.net. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Polygamy in Libya — and beyond". Salon.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Libya's Women Activists Outraged by Court Ruling on Wives". VOA. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  4. ^ Libya, The Public Utility for Information, 2006 census, p.59.