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Egypt appoints first female marriage officer

Amal Soliman was only woman among 11 candidates

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An Egyptian court on Monday appointed a woman to perform and register marriages, the first such appointment in Egypt's history, state news agency MENA said.

The court in the Nile Delta town of Zagazig granted Amal Soliman, 32, the right to perform the duties of a maadhun in a town in Sharkia province, according to MENA.

It said Soliman had applied to the position four months ago, the only woman out of 11 applicants for the job.

According to MENA, Soliman said she was sure she would get the job because of her faith in the Egyptian judiciary and because she was the only candidate with a master's degree.

In April, Egypt appointed 30 women as judges, the largest such group to be appointed since 2003 when President Hosni Mubarak first named a woman judge.

Several Arab countries already have women sitting as judges.