File - In this June 4, 2015 file photo, Ahmad Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar poses for a photograph in his office, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
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Egypt's top Islamic authority on Sunday rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives.Muslim women in Egypt cannot verbally divorce their husbands but can apply for divorce in a court of law.However, its rejection of the president's proposal was uncompromising, and it made a thinly-veiled reference to the constitution, which refers to Al-Azhar as the main authority on religious and Islamic affairs.The council expressed concern over the high rate of divorce in Egypt, where 40 percent of marriages end in divorce within five years, according to figures cited by the president.
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