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(May 02, 2008) The Bangladesh Council of Advisers approved the Public Servant (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Amendment of 2008 on May 11, 2008. The new law amends the Public Servant (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Ordinance of 1976 to allow Bangladesh Foreign Service Officers to marry foreign nationals with the permission of the President of Bangladesh.

The 1976 ordinance permitted Bangladesh government employees other than employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to marry foreign nationals. Under the new law, all employees of the Bangladesh Government will enjoy the same privilege. Under the former law, a Bangladesh foreign diplomat lost his job after marrying a Pakistani woman, but under the new law, Bangladesh's permanent representative to United Nations, who has expressed her desire to marry a Dutch national, may be allowed to do so. (Ismat Jahan Allowed to Marry Foreigner , THE NEW NATION, May 13, 2008, available at

Author: Shameema Rahman More by this author
Topic: Officials and employees More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 05/02/2008