Diomaye Faye goes to Popenguine with Absa Faye, one of her ‘First Ladies’ (video)

Diomaye Faye goes to Popenguine with Absa Faye, one of her ‘First Ladies’ (video)
Diomaye Faye goes to Popenguine with Absa Faye, one of her ‘First Ladies’ (video)

For the first time, the recently elected President of the Republic traveled with one of his wives, Absa Faye. This unprecedented fact raises questions about the status of “first lady” in Senegal, because he is the first polygamous president of the country, his other wife being Marie Faye. Until now, this question did not arise, given that his predecessors had only one wife. Although the role of first lady is not officially recognized under Senegalese law, it is traditionally assigned to the president’s wife.

As part of his duties, the Head of State will, in the future, have to travel with one of his wives during his official visits. However, he is unlikely to be accompanied by his two wives on state trips, where officials are often invited with their spouses.

This Saturday, May 18, around 11 a.m., the President of the Republic went to the Marian pilgrimage ceremony in Popenguine, in the M’bour department, Thiès region. This religious event, very popular among Senegalese Catholics, is held annually and welcomes many Senegalese officials each year. It should be noted that Absa Faye, a former Christian convert to Islam, was present. Her conversion to Islam could predate or coincide with her marriage to the current President.

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