By tabling his bill on June 30, the deputy for Koumassi, Yacouba Sangaré, tackled a taboo subject in Côte d’Ivoire: polygamy. For this elected representative of the Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP, in power), it is necessary put an end to “hypocrisy”, because if the law does not authorize this practice, it exists in fact. “The law on monogamy has never been respected. She is constantly raped. So why hide the face on a reality that no one ignores? “, explains the chosen one.
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The idea of a reform came to him years ago, in 2014, after discussions with a fellow MP. “There are women who are in de facto polygamous relationships but who do not benefit from any legal recognition in the event of the dissolution of the relationship. These have no security, they find themselves alone, sometimes with children. It creates drama and no one talks about it. This is why we want to put an end to this hypocrisy. Polygamous couples are everywhere in Côte d’Ivoire, in all regions, ethnic groups, religions and social strata. So why not take them into account? “, he details.
In his proposal, Yacouba Sangaré insists on the fact that polygamy would be an option that both spouses could choose to accept or refuse from a commun accord.