Last Updated: Sun Oct 17, 2010 00:08 am (KSA) 21:08 pm (GMT)

Kuwaiti MP wants aid for men who marry 2 wives

According to the proposal, the prospective grooms must obtain written permission from their existing wives to marry again (File)
According to the proposal, the prospective grooms must obtain written permission from their existing wives to marry again (File)

A Kuwaiti MP proposed Wednesday state-aid for male citizens to take second wives, in a bid to reduce the large number of unmarried women in the oil-rich emirate.

"The proposal aims at solving the problem of unmarried women, which is a problem facing our society, and encourages widows and divorced men and women to form new families," independent Shiite MP Faisal al-Duwaisan said.

The Gulf state already grants Kuwaiti men who wed a female citizen for the first time a "marriage aid" of 4,000 dinars ($14,000, €11,000), half of which is a grant and the rest an interest-free loan with easy installments.

 The proposal aims at solving the problem of unmarried women, which is a problem facing our society, and encourages widows and divorced men and women to form new families 
MP Faisal al-Duwaisan

But Duwaisan wants the government to grant an additional aid package for men to take second wives, provided certain conditions are met.

The prospective grooms must obtain written permission from their existing wives to marry again, or they must be widowed or divorced.

The women they marry must be widows, divorced or at least 40 years of age and never married, Duwaisan said in his proposal, which was submitted to parliament.

Parliamentary panels will review the proposal, then send it to parliament for consideration. If approved, it will become law.

Kuwait, the fifth-largest producer inside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, provides a cradle-to-grave welfare system by offering most public services at highly-subsidized rates. Education and health are free for citizens.

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