This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/tunisia-lifts-ban-muslim-women-marrying-muslims-170914154657961.html) reduced by 48%. (I'm a bot) ***** > Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims as the president seeks to secure equal rights for the country's female population. > "Congratulations to the women of Tunisia for the enshrinement of the right to the freedom to choose one's spouse," presidency spokeswoman Saida Garrach wrote on Facebook on Thursday. > The announcement came a month after President Beji Caid Essebsi called for the government to lift the ban dating back to 1973, arguing that existing practice violates Tunisia's constitution, adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution. > Human rights groups in the North African country had campaigned for the ban's abolition, saying it undermined the fundamental human right to choose a spouse. > Tunisia is viewed as being ahead of most Arab countries on women's rights, but there is still discrimination, particularly in matters of inheritance. > The first president of independent Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba, championed a landmark social code in 1956 that set a standard for the region by banning polygamy and granting new rights to women unheard of in the Arab world at the time. ***** [**Summary Source**](http://smmry.com/http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/tunisia-lifts-ban-muslim-women-marrying-muslims-170914154657961.html) | [FAQ](http://autotldr.io/ "218125 summaries so far.") | [Feedback](http://www.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%23autotldr "PM's and comments are monitored, constructive feedback is welcome.") | *Top* *keywords*: **right**^#1 **country**^#2 **Tunisia**^#3 **president**^#4 **women**^#5 Post found in [/r/UpliftingNews](http://np.reddit.com/r/UpliftingNews/comments/70c0if/tunisia_lifts_ban_on_muslim_women_marrying/), [/r/arabs](http://np.reddit.com/r/arabs/comments/708njz/tunisia_lifts_ban_on_muslim_women_marrying/), [/r/qualitynews](http://np.reddit.com/r/qualitynews/comments/7046id/tunisia_lifts_ban_on_muslim_women_marrying/), [/r/atheism](http://np.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/703p78/tunisia_lifts_ban_on_muslim_women_marrying/), [/r/AlJazeera](http://np.reddit.com/r/AlJazeera/comments/7042mp/tunisia_lifts_ban_on_muslim_women_marrying/), [/r/AutoNewspaper](http://np.reddit.com/r/AutoNewspaper/comments/703ykj/world_tunisia_lifts_ban_on_muslim_women_marrying/), [/r/willis7737_news](http://np.reddit.com/r/willis7737_news/comments/703uqd/tunisia_lifts_ban_on_muslim_women_marrying/) and [/r/ALJAZEERAauto](http://np.reddit.com/r/ALJAZEERAauto/comments/703tss/world_tunisia_lifts_ban_on_muslim_women_marrying/). *NOTICE*: This thread is for discussing the submission topic. Please do not discuss the concept of the [autotldr](http://www.reddit.com/user/autotldr) bot here.