Tourists are seen on a terrace at the Medina (Old Town) of Tunis, Tunisia June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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A ban on marriage between a Muslim woman and non-Muslim man, unless he converts, is common in Arab countries.Such legislation in Tunisia, which dated to 1973, was scrapped in September 2017 at the initiative of President Beji Caid Essebsi.Two of the reluctant notaries in Hammamet, when contacted by AFP, said that they had yet to receive or read through the new regulations on such marriages.Rights groups have stepped in to demand an end to such obstruction by notaries.Tunisia has long been seen as a pioneer for women's rights in the Arab world, but campaigners say civil society is still torn between conservative and progressive camps despite the aspirations for change that was born of the country's revolution in 2011 .Hundreds of people demonstrated last Friday in Tunisia against proposed reforms opposed by conservative Muslims, which include equal inheritance rights for women and decriminalizing homosexuality.
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