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Saudi Arabia: Marriage of an Eight-Year-Old Girl Annulled

(May 6, 2009) On May 1, 2009, it was reported that an arranged marriage in Saudi Arabia between a man in his fifties and a girl aged eight ended through a settlement brokered by a judge after protracted negotiations conducted between the girl's lawyer and the husband. The Shura Council, a legislative consultative body that advises the government on issuing new laws or regulations, is said to be considering setting a minimum age of 18 for marriage in Saudi Arabia. (Marriage of Saudi Arabian Girl, Eight, Annulled, THE GUARDIAN, May 1, 2009, available at