TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi says he will submit a bill to parliament soon aimed at giving women equal inheritance rights with men, as debate rages over a topic reverberating around the Muslim world.
In a speech Monday marking Women's Day in Tunisia, Essebsi said he wants to submit the text "as soon as possible," probably when parliament sits again in October.
The current system based on Islamic Shariah law generally grants daughters only half the inheritance given to sons, and is standard practice in most Muslim countries.
Mainstream Muslim clerics see the inheritance rules as enshrined in the Quran, Islam's holy book.
Since independence from France in 1956, Tunisia has been a standard-bearer in the Muslim world for women's rights.