Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has expressed alarm at the high divorce rate in the country and suggested introducing legislation to outlaw the Islamic practice of verbal divorce.
Muslim men can divorce their wives by saying “I divorce you”. In 2015, Egypt had one case of divorce every four minutes.
About 40% of divorces take place in the first five years of marriage.
Mr Sisi said the proposed legislation could give couples an opportunity to reconsider.
There has been no comment from religious leaders yet.