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Kenyan women's group applauds polygamy legalisation

A popular women's group has applauded Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's move to legalise polygamous marriages.

The change in the law now makes it legal for a man in Kenya to marry as many women as he wants. Polygamy already is a common fixture among many cultures in Kenya and in some other African countries.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) legalized polygamy marriage this week. Credit: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

The Federation of Women Lawyers, a powerful women's rights group told CNN News: "Finally all marriages are being treated equally," said Christine Ochieng, executive director of the group.

"All marriages will be issued with marriage certificates, including customary marriages. Before this, customary marriages were treated as inferior.

"What we are not happy about is that now a man can marry another wife or wives without the consent of the first wife," she said.