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LUANDA - After almost three decades of civil war that ended in 2002, there weren't many men to go around in Angola at first. So it was common, also for cultural reasons, for men to have several women.
Although Angolan law condemns polygamy or multiple marriages, the practice is widespread in a country with a large share of female-headed households.
So, Family Minister Genoveva Lino proposed a radical step: "You can have multiple wives as long as you can afford it. If a man wants to have more than one woman, then he must at least prove he has the physical, emotional, psychological and financial capacity to sustain his multiple relationships," Lino said this week.
"Otherwise he will have children with one wife, forget about them, and move on to a second woman. It will be a complete mess."
In January, a small Angolan party announced it would ask parliament to vote on the legalisation of polygamy.
Several female members of parliament rejected the move as a step backwards for Angolan society. The proposal by the New Democracy Party was then scrapped. Six months later, the debate on polygamy still rages on.
The election of President Jacob Zuma, a polygamist who has three wives and 19 children, may have rekindled the debate. Supporters of polygamy claim it is already widespread in Angola and legalising it would only make common practice official.
One of Angola's greatest musical hits, The Other, is about a woman who says she is happy to remain a mistress.
"This is already a reality in our country. I think we should make this tradition official," said David Matos, head of the New Democracy Party and father of the proposal to legalise polygamy.
In urban areas like Luanda, men often boast about having several "non-official" wives, while the local village chief, or Soba in the countryside, is allowed to marry and provide for a handful of women.
Fatima Viegas, director of the National Institute for Religion in Luanda, said that although no official figures on polygamy were available, it was fairly common in Angola for one man to have several different women.
Females make up 50,7percent of the Angolan population, according to state-owned news agency Angop. - Reuters