In Eritrea, the Grand Mufti, the highest religious authority in the country, has declared that every man must marry two women or face a jail sentence.
The Eritrean government will compensate Eritrean men for the marriage ceremonies and houses.
According to foreign media, the statement referenced harsh punishments for refusal of the new decree.
The Eritrean-Ethiopian War which took is placed from 1998-2000 killed around 150,000 Eritrean soldiers and caused a shortage of men, leaving Eritrean population at only 4 million.
International media quotes main obligations of the new law- “First that every man shall marry at least two women and the man who refuses to do so shall be subjected to life imprisonment with hard labor” while“the woman who tries to prevent her husband from marrying another wife shall be punished with life imprisonment.”