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Guatemala raises legal age of marriage from 14 to 18

Guatemalan congress has passed a measure raising the legal age for marriage from 14 to 18 in an urgent, expedited vote that bypasses the usual requirement of presidential approvalGuatemalan lawmakers on Thursday passed a law raising the minimum age for marriage after human rights groups cited alarming figures for early pregnancies and other risks for wedded girls. UNICEF, the UN’s children’s fund, also backed the law and played a key role in highlighting the frequent incidence of child pregnancies in Guatemala and other poor Latin American countries.

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