Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Egypt blocks marriage of elderly man, 17-year-old girl

The Egyptian government has prevented a 17-year-old Egyptian girl from marrying a 92-year-old foreign man from the Gulf, BBC News reported on June 13, citing Egypt’s al-Akhbar newspaper.

The marriage was blocked under a national law that limits the age gap between spouses to 25 years.

According to the article, the law was enacted during the Gulf oil boom in “an effort to prevent wealthy men from the Gulf states seeking young poor prides from the Egyptian countryside.”

Egypt does grant exemptions for foreign men who deposit large sums of money in their wife’s name at the Egyptian National Bank. The article notes that: “According to the al-Akhbar newspaper, 173 such marriages were allowed in the past year after the foreign husband deposited a sum equivalent to about US $8,000 and was screened.”

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