An Egyptian woman files for Khula’a divorce based on disagreements with her husband over the presidential candidate


 By Iqbal Tamimi


In an unprecedented incidence, Egypt’s new Family Court has witnessed the first case of  ‘Khula’ , based on “political” reasons, following a disagreement over the presidential candidate.

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Khula’a ( is a divorce requested by Muslim women in which a woman gives up on all her rights in return of divorce)

The Egyptian wife, who happened to be the daughter of a businessman, filed a Kulaa (divorce) suit against her husband who works as an interior designer, because he supports Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, while she supports his opponent, lieutenant Ahmad Shafik, whom she and her friends at the social club, decided to elect as the new president of Egypt.

The Court has decided on hearing the proceedings on the 17th Junne 2010 and the case was recorded under No. 8766 of the year 2012 at the family Court.

The wife, Nanis. M (26 years) claims she has been married for a year and half to (28 years) old Hazim. Q,  who works as an Interior Designer, and that they got married after the revolution of January 25, 2011, when they shared the same political affiliations and their respect to the ex-president. She claimed that her husband used to remind her frequently, during their engagement, that he stands against the idea of inheriting the presidency, and not against President Mubarak himself, and that he shares with her the feelings of respect to Mubarak’s history and on those bases they got married, according to Egyptian newspaper, Alwafd, published Tuesday, May 15.

After several months of marriage, the wife discovered that her husband belonged to some Muslim Brotherhood faction, and that he is loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood and embrace its opinions and beliefs, to a point he tried to persuade her to wear the Niqab, and when problems escalated and reached a point of divorce she has agreed to rescue her marriage by wearing the veil.

The wife claims, the differences between them has intensified following the announcement of final list of the presidency candidates’ names, at that time she argued with her husband and told him that the Muslim Brotherhood are not the best party to run the country, and that  the Muslim Brotherhood have declared earlier that they do not intend to run for the presidency, but they changed their minds and named their candidate. But her husband did not like her opinions.

The wife claims that she discovered that her husband was involved in the Muslim Brotherhood march for their candidate, and that he leaves his job to print promotional campaigning posters from his own money to support Mursi, the brotherhood candidate. The wife got angry, and when her husband found out that she agreed with her friends to support and vote for Shafik, the opponent of Muslim Brotherhood, he got angry too, and attacked her physically. She filed for regular divorce based on mistreatment, but he refused to divorce her. She said that she had no other choice but to file for Khula’a and thus gave up on all her rights in return.

 

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