Shock As Senegal’s New President Resumes Office With Two First Ladies [Photos]

It was an unprecedented sight in the national politics of West Africa when left-wing pan-Africanist, Bassirou Diomaye Faye was sworn in on Tuesday as Senegal’s youngest president, with his two wives by his side....READ FULL ARTICLE

It is worth mentioning that polygamy is a traditional and religious practice firmly anchored in the culture of Senegal.

Faye’s presidency makes him Senegal’s first polygamous president and the first leader to resume office with two First Ladies. The names of his two wives are Marie Khone Faye and Absa Faye.

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Marieme Faye Sall, who has held the position since 2012, is the country’s first black first lady, as well as the first fully Senegalese-born and raised first lady.

On the other hand, Absa Faye, the second wife of the 5th president, married President Diomaye just a month before his incarceration.

Meanwhile, President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday joined other leaders in West Africa to witness the historic inauguration of Faye as Senegal’s youngest president.

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The Nigerian President attended the event in his capacity as the Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government.

At his inauguration, Faye pledged systemic change after years of deadly turmoil and announcing his mentor, opposition figure Ousmane Sonko, as prime minister.

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Faye, 44, has never previously held an elected office. He swept to a first-round victory on a promise of radical reform just 10 days after being released from prison.

He took the presidential oath in front of hundreds of officials and several African heads of state at an exhibition centre in the new town of Diamniadio, near Dakar....READ FULL ARTICLE

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