For the first time, a president from the opposition and two First Ladies for Senegal

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The President of Senegal, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, accompanied by his two wives Marie Khone Faye (left) and Absa Faye (right)

Senegal's new president vowed to fight corruption and renegotiate contracts with foreign companies. Another historical innovation: the president lives in polygamy.

Former tax inspector, 44-year-old Bassirou Diomaye Faye is the youngest president in Senegal's history. The election of an opposition politician as the country's new president brings with it two firsts for Senegal: this is the first time - since the country's independence from France in 1960 - that an opposition representative has won the election in the first round voting. And it's also the first time the country has officially had two First Ladies.

With traditional clothes and two women by his side

Faye, who is often seen in public wearing the traditional white attire, appeared in public accompanied by his two wives Maria and Absa, not only at the recent election rally to greet his thousands of cheering supporters but also after the swearing in ceremony as president.

For the first time, a president from the opposition and two First Ladies for
Bassirou Diomaye Faye often appears in public wearing traditional white clothing and lives in polygamy

Polygamy has deep roots in Senegalese culture and Faye will display it openly even in his position at the head of state.

Fight against corruption and renegotiation of contracts with foreign companies

"The election results showed a deep desire for change," Faye said after taking the oath of office. "Senegal will be a country of hope, at peace and with an independent justice system and stronger democracy," he said.

Bassirou Diomaye Faye promised "a systemic change", adding that he believes voters have expressed "their aspiration for greater sovereignty, development and well-being".

Faye promised to renegotiate oil, gas and mineral contracts with foreign companies./ DW