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Morocco to probe Salafist over polygamy row

  • (FILES)--An August 1, 2013, file photo shows Driss Lachgar, a Moroccan politician from the opposition Socialist Union of Popular Forces party, seen at the party's office in the coastal city of Rabat. AFP PHOTO/STR

RABAT: Prosecutors in Morocco said Sunday they will open an investigation into a Salafist sheikh who accused a politician of "apostasy" for calling for a ban on polygamy in the country.

Driss Lachgar, head of the opposition Socialist Union of Popular Forces, called for the ban several days ago and urged a debate on the share of women's inheritance, which is half what men receive on the death of a relative.

In response, Salafist sheikh Abdelhamid Abounaim distributed a video in which he accused Lachgar of "apostasy".

"After the statements of Abdelhamid Abounaim that undermine organised bodies, an investigation will be opened," the Casablanca prosecutor said in a statement.

King Mohamed VI reformed Morocco's family code in 2004 to make polygamy more difficult, with the consent of other spouses and the permission of a court needed for a man to take another wife, but he stopped short of banning it.

 
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