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Divorce finally made legal in Malta
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Divorce finally made legal in Malta

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Malta's president has signed a new divorce bill, allowing citizens to stay at home to divorce and bringing the very Catholic nation in line with the rest of the European Union.

(AP) — Malta's president has signed a new divorce bill, allowing citizens to stay at home to divorce and bringing the very Catholic nation in line with the rest of the European Union.

The tiny Mediterranean island country had been the only EU nation without divorce legislation. Maltese lawmakers passed the law earlier this week.

Maltese people had been traveling abroad to divorce in steadily increasing numbers in the last decades.

President George Abela signed the new law on Friday and it is expected to take effect 1 October 2011.

In a referendum on divorce in May, 53 percent of those voting said "yes" to such legislation.