Senegal set for two First Ladies as President Faye takes office today

Senegal’s new President Bassirou Diomaye Faye will formally take office today (April 2) in the city of Diamniadio, according to the presidency.

He will officially become the fifth president of the country taking over from outgoing Macky Sall.

The fact that he has two wives has been the subject of social media interactions since he was declared winner of the March 24 presidential elections.

Diomaye Faye, aged 44, is married to Marie Khone Faye, a Christian and Absa Faye, a Muslim. This means Senegal will officially have two First Ladies.

They would, however, be the second African country with such an arrangement because in next door The Gambia, President Adama Barrow, who came into office in 2016 also has two wives.

Senegal’s Constitutional Council last Friday confirmed the presidential election victory of Diomaye Faye.

The top court validated provisional results announced on Wednesday based on vote tallies from 100 percent of polling stations.

Faye won more than 54% of votes in last Sunday’s delayed presidential poll, with ruling coalition candidate Amadou Ba taking over 35%.

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