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Court rules Lesotho princesses can't be chief

Lesotho's top court on Thursday upheld a law that bars princesses from succeeding their fathers as traditional chiefs, a decision activists say dealt a "serious blow" to women's rights and gender equality. Consitutional court judge Ts'eliso Monaphathi ruled the current law was not discriminatory, as it allowed for the wives of a chief to become his successor. "Only a male first born of the chief may take up the chieftainship failing which if the chief has no other son the wife of the chief may take over the chieftainship," said Monaphathi.
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