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Morocco to probe Salafist over polygamy row

The head of the opposition Socialist Union of Popular Forces, Driss Lachgar, called for the polygamy ban several days ago

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Prosecutors in Morocco said Sunday they will open an investigation into a Salafist sheikh who accused a politician of “apostasy” for calling for a ban on polygamy in the country, Agence France-Presse reported.

The head of the opposition Socialist Union of Popular Forces, Driss Lachgar, called for the ban several days ago, urging a debate on women’s inheritance upon the death of a relative.

In response, the Salafist sheikh Abdelhamid Abounaim accused Lachgar of “apostasy” in a distributed video.

A Casablanca prosecutor said an investigation would be opened into the sheikh.

“After the statements of Abdelhamid Abounaim that undermine organized bodies, an investigation will be opened,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

King Mohamed VI reformed Morocco’s family code in 2004, making polygamy more difficult.

A man must now seek the consent of other spouses and the permission of a court before he takes another wife. However, polygamy has not been banned in the country.