Members of parliament in mainly Roman Catholic Malta have passed an historic law legalising divorce.

The law is due to take effect in October if, as expected, it is approved by President George Abela. The prime minister voted against it.

Currently, Maltese people have to travel abroad to obtain divorces.

MPs passed the law by 52 votes to 11 with five abstentions and one absence, months after 53% of voters backed the reform in a referendum.

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