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Meet Marie Khone And Absa, Senegal President Faye’s Wives [PHOTOS]

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Bassirou Diomaye Faye was inaugurated as the fifth Senegal President on Tuesday, 2nd March 2024, flaunting his two wives – Marie Khone and Absa.

Faye was sworn in Diamniadio near Dakar, the capital, having defeated main rival and ruling party coalition candidate Amadou Ba and winning the delayed election with over 54% of the vote.

In an unusual scene, the 44-year-old glamorously appeared before the people with his two wives, making an unprecedented sight in the national politics of the West African country.

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Polygamy is a traditional and religious practice firmly anchored in the culture of Senegal where the overwhelming majority is Muslim, and Faye was proud to flaunt his practice.

READ ALSO: 44-year-old Faye Sworn In As Senegal President

Marie Khone, who until now had never been in the spotlight, hails from the same village with his barrister and tax inspector husband. They married 15 years ago and have four children – three boys and a girl. They got married in 2009.

Faye married his second wife Absa just over a year ago.

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Marie Khone

Marie Khone is the first wife who played a pivotal role in Faye’s political journey and emerged as a key figure in the Senegalese community. Although she had not held an official political title, Marie Khone Faye commanded immense influence and garnered widespread respect.

As a celebrated staunch advocate for women’s rights, the 34-year-old Marie Khone Faye has championed initiatives to boost education and healthcare accessibility in Senegal. Her lasting legacy is a source of inspiration and empowerment for women within Senegal and beyond its borders.

READ ALSO:Faye: 15 Things To Know About 44-year-old Senegal’s President 

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Having gained the position of the Senegal First Lady, it is widely believed that she will continue to use her resources and influence to enhance the lives of women, even with her husband bringing a radical change.

Absa

Absa Faye is Faye’s second wife with little information to the public. The 31-year-old got married to Faye in 2023 and, hence, has not had any children with the Senegalese leader.

One of the fascinating about Absa is maintaining a private life, and keeping much of her activities away from the public eye.

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Absa was raised by her parents, whose identities remain undisclosed in media records. She has chosen not to disclose information about her educational background or any potential siblings.

 

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JUST IN: Iran Summons French, British, German Envoys Over Reactions To Israel Attack

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Iran summoned the French, British, and German ambassadors to Tehran on Sunday over reactions to Iran’s missile and drone attack on Israel.

“The British, French, and German ambassadors to Tehran were summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the irresponsible positions of certain officials of these countries regarding Iran’s response to the actions of the Zionist regime (Israel) against the nationals and interests of our country,” the official IRNA news agency said.

READ ALSO: Tension Heightens As US, Britain , France, Others React To Iran Strikes On Israel

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Tension Heightens As US, Britain , France, Others React To Iran Strikes On Israel

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Western powers condemned Iran’s strikes on Israel late Saturday, warning the attack threatened to escalate the destabilisation of the Middle East.

Here are some of the main reactions so far:

– United States: ‘ironclad’

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US National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson reiterated President Joe Biden’s “ironclad” support for Israel’s security.

“The United States will stand with the people of Israel and support their defense against these threats from Iran,” she said in a statement.

READ ALSO: Over 300 Drones, Missiles Fired From Iran Injured 12, Says Israel Army

She said “President Biden is being regularly updated on the situation.”

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– EU: ‘unprecedented’

The European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell condemned the strikes as “an unprecedented escalation and a grave threat to regional security,” in a message on X.

– Britain: ‘reckless’

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a statement condemned the “reckless” strikes that he said “risk inflaming tensions and destabilising the region. Iran has once again demonstrated that it is intent on sowing chaos in its own backyard.”

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READ ALSO: III World War Looms As US Openly Supports Israel, Downs Drones Fired By Iran

– France: ‘new level’

France’s Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne on X said that “in deciding to take this unprecedented action, Iran has reached a new level in its acts of destabilisation and is risking a military escalation.”

– Italy: ‘concern’

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Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said his country was following the situation “with attention and concern” and was “ready to manage any kind of scenario”.

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III World War Looms As US Openly Supports Israel, Downs Drones Fired By Iran

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President Joe Biden said Saturday that US forces helped take down “nearly all” the drones and missiles fired by Iran at Israel, adding that he had reaffirmed his “ironclad” support to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Biden added in a statement that he would convene his fellow leaders of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Sunday to coordinate a “united diplomatic response” to Iran’s “brazen” attack.

“Iran — and its proxies operating out of Yemen, Syria and Iraq — launched an unprecedented air attack against military facilities in Israel. I condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms,” Biden said.

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He said he had ordered US military aircraft and ballistic missile defense destroyers to the Middle East in recent days as the likely Iranian threat to the key US ally became clear.

READ ALSO: Over 300 Drones, Missiles Fired From Iran Injured 12, Says Israel Army

Thanks to these deployments and the extraordinary skill of our servicemembers, we helped Israel take down nearly all of the incoming drones and missiles,” Biden said.

Biden added that he had spoken to Netanyahu to “reaffirm America’s ironclad commitment” to Israel’s security.

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“I told him that Israel demonstrated a remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks — sending a clear message to its foes that they cannot effectively threaten the security of Israel,” he said.

No US forces or facilities had come under attack from Iran, he said.

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