Polygamy in Rwanda

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Polygamous marriages are not lawful in Rwanda, nor is the practice itself. However, polygamy has been reported to be prevalent in more rural areas, though decreasing. The Rwandan constitution explicitly bans all forms of non-monogamous marriages from being recognized under civil law and does not allow for customary law to recognize such unions either.[1] The text from the constitution reads:

Article 25 [Marriage]
(1) Only monogamous marriages shall be recognized within the conditions and forms prescribed by law.[2]