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Divorce allowed at long last!

Valletta : Malta | Jul 29, 2011 at 5:28 AM PDT
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Valletta, July 28, 2011

One may be astonished to hear that there has been a country, which did not permit divorce in this 21st century, and the country, of all countries, to be a member of European Union. The allusion here is to Malta.

Fortunately for the Maltese people, the Mediterranean island passed legislation on Monday (25), allowing its citizens to obtain divorce in their own country, The Independent online newspaper reported.

The legislation is to be effective only from October when the President Okays it.

In the past, any Maltese wishing to obtain a divorce had to go abroad and take steps. From now on, he has the provisions of law in his own country.

While the Nationalist Party presently in power opposed the legislation, the law was passed by majority vote, the report said.

Although the island nation was part of the British Empire from 1814 until its Independence in 1964, 94 percent of its population remains Roman Catholic.

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Voters in Valetta have their say on divorce in Malta's referendum
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