Polygamy in Mauritania

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Under the personal status code, and Sharia law, polygamy in Mauritania is legal.[1] A man can marry up to four women, but must obtain the consent of his existing wife/wives first. Polygamy is common within the Afro-Mauritanian and Berber Moorish population, occurring less frequently among the Arab Moorish population.[1] A 2007 MICS3 reports that 10.7% of women aged 15-49 are in a polygamous union.[1]

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