Rabat- Minister of Employment Mohamed Yatim has denied recent rumors claiming that he took a second wife, expressing disgust at the act of polygamy.
Recently, several Moroccan news outlets either reported that Yatim had already or was going to marry a second wife.
Reacting to the speculations, Yatim explained in a statement to the Justice and Development Party (PJD) that he is currently in a government mission, not in a honeymoon.
Yatim condemned polygamous marriage and reiterated that he would never engage in it no matter the circumstances or justifications.
Polygamy is not an uncommon issue among Moroccan ministers; former Minister in Charge of Relations with the Parliament and Civil Society, Habib Choubani, and Minister of Human Rights Mustapha Ramid are both pro-polygamists with two wives.
In 2012, Morocco announced its commitment to applying the “Ban on polygamy.”
According to the 2004 Moroccan Family Code, a husband must obtain his wife’s consent before marrying another woman.
The text reads: “The judge shall not authorize polygamy unless he has verified the husband’s ability to guarantee equality with the fist wife and her children in all areas of life, and there is an objective and exceptional motive that justifies polygamy.”