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Christians in Jordan welcome progress on inheritance law

Experts say the Jordanian Civil Code must differentiate between Christians and Muslims, so that the recent draft law on equal inheritance between female and male Christians can be implemented without controversies.
Jordan Christians

AMMAN — The Councils of Christian Denominations (CCD) in Jordan unanimously approved a draft law for Christians earlier this month, which will work toward granting equal inheritance rights for men and women.

The draft law includes an important clause granting female Christians the right to block their male relatives from inheritance rights if there are no immediate male family members.

Christine Faddoul, the first female judge at the Court of Appeals, told Al-Monitor that some Christian families who have no sons "had to go through many ‘protective’ procedures, such as writing their properties in the name of their female children, to ensure they inherit their property.”

The draft law will be referred to the government for endorsement and accreditation, lawyer Yacoub Far told Al-Monitor.

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