A Tunisian woman holds her national flag during a rally on January 14, 2016 in the Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 revolution. Thousands gathered in the Tunisian capital to mark the fifth anniversary of the overthrow of longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the uprising that inspired the Arab Spring. / AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID

Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims, the presidency has announced.
“Congratulations to the women of Tunisia for the enshrinement of the right to the freedom to choose one’s spouse,” presidency spokeswoman Saida Garrach wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
The announcement comes a month after the president, Beji Caid Essebsi, called for the government to scrap the ban dating back to 1973.
Until now a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof. 
Human rights groups in the North African country had campaigned for the ban’s abolition, saying it undermined the fundamental human right to choose a spouse.
Tunisia is viewed as being ahead of most Arab countries on women’s rights, but there is still discrimination particularly in matters of inheritance.
Essebsi, last month said: “Inheritance is a matter for mankind that God left to the diligence of the people according …
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