The Foreign Ministry recently placed financial and age restrictions on foreign men marrying Cambodian women. According to a diplomatic note sent to foreign embassies, only men making more than $2,550 a month and younger than 50 years old can marry Cambodian women.

Leaving aside the substantive policy questions (why prohibit two 60-year-olds from marrying? or a man with a wealth of assets but little income?), today’s Cambodia Daily reports on possible procedural problems with how this rule has been enacted. The Marriage Law does not spell out any such restrictions, so the question is whether the Foreign Ministry can amend the law through a diplomatic note.

This latest measure is part of ongoing efforts to address abusive practices by some foreign marriage agencies, I don’t suspect we’ve seen the last of this matter. Stay tuned.

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