Man willing to take a second wife is required to have the consent of the first wife or authorisation from the court: Libya’s High Court of Justice removes barriers to polygamy.
The Libya’s High Court of Justice has removed the obstacles preventing the practice of polygamy, introduced by the former regime, the Libyan news agency reported.
Under the law, a man willing to take a second wife is required to have the consent of the first wife or authorisation from the court.
The law also requires the husband to prove he has the material means to ensure the welfare of his family.
In ruling on the issue, the High Court said it had also considered the constitutionality of a certain number of laws, without specifying which ones.
The former president of the National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustapha Abdeljalil, had in his speech on the liberation of Libya in October 2011 called for the lifting of barriers to the practice of polygamy, to be in line with Sharia (Islamic law).