90-year-old Saudi widower remarries

Dubai, Oct 27 (IANS) A 90-year-old man in Saudi Arabia remarried, to honour his dying wife's wish, Gulf News reported Sunday.

The five daughters of Fatees Al Thaqafi, from Taef in western Saudi Arabia, spent three months looking for the right bride for their father, the newspaper reported on its website.

Al Thaqafi had initially refused to remarry after his wife died earlier this year following a prolonged illness, but after his daughters and sons insisted he honour their mother's wish, he agreed.

The couple had five daughters and seven sons.

The daughters did not want a young woman and looked for a mature woman. Eventually they found a childless 53-year-old widow in a remote village who accepted the marriage proposal.

The elderly man paid 25,000 Saudi riyal ($6,665) in bride's price.

A large number of relatives and friends attended the marriage ceremony.


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