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Gambia bans child marriage

Announcing a ban on child marriage Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said anyone marrying a girl under 18 would get 20 years jailGambian President Yahya Jammeh has announced a ban on child marriage in the predominantly Muslim west African nation, threatening heavy jail terms for those who break the new rules. Speaking to a group of Muslim elders in Banjul on Wednesday, Jammeh said: “As from today, July 6, child marriage is illegal and is banned in The Gambia”. Jammeh instructed lawmakers to pass legislation reflecting the new ban before July 21.

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