Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, on Wednesday, announced a bill that will set limits to the jurisdiction of Islamic Sharia law in the region of Western Thrace.

The Sharia law is in effect in Western Thrace where the largest Muslim minority in Greece live. Even though Sharia was abolished in Turkey in 1926, Ankara continues to support its existence in Thrace.

Sharia is a religious law, but today it deals with family matters mostly. Muftis in Western Thrace can deliver binding rulings on family law issues, outside the parameter of Greek civil law. However, Greek courts must ratify the mufti decisions.

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