x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Iraqi man, 92, marries woman 70 years his junior

An Iraqi farmer married a woman 70 years his junior in a village north of Baghdad, voicing happiness at getting hitched alongside two teenage grandchildren who also tied the knot.

SAMARRA, IRAQ // A 92-year-old Iraqi farmer married a woman 70 years his junior in a village north of Baghdad, he said today, voicing happiness at getting hitched alongside two teenage grandchildren who also tied the knot.

Musali Mohammed Al Mujamaie married 22-year-old Muna Mukhlif Al Juburi on Thursday, three years after the death of his first wife of 58 years, with whom he raised 16 children in his home village of Gubban, which lies just south of the central Iraqi city of Samarra.

"I am so happy to get married with my grandsons," Mr Mujamaie said after the ceremony.

"I feel like a 20-year-old!"

Mr Mujamaie said the marriage of his two grandsons, aged 16 and 17, was repeatedly delayed while his own wedding was being arranged, so that the three could tie the knot on the same day.

The wedding carried on for four hours, with musical and dance performances and celebratory gunfire, and was attended by local tribal and religious leaders.