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10 Amazing Things To Know About Senegal’s Youngest President, Bassirou Faye

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At the age of 44, Bassirou Diomaye Faye has emerged Senegal’s President-elect after an unprecedented victory in the presidential election on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

However, here are ten things you need to know about Bassirou Faye

• Early Life: Born on March 25, 1980, in Ndiaganiao, Senegal.

• Education Journey: Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2000 and earned a master’s degree in law. Later, passed exams to join the National School of Administration (ENA) and the magistracy in 2004.

• Career Path: Became a tax inspector in the Tax and Estates department where he met Sonko, a former schoolmate.

• Family Life: Married to two wives, Marie Khone and Absa, with four children.

• Political Affiliation: Former General-Secretary of PASTEF, a political party founded by Ousmane Sonko in 2014.

• Legal Troubles: Arrested on April 14, 2023, for charges related to a social media post, spent over 11 months in prison.

• Presidential Endorsement: Endorsed by Sonko as a presidential candidate in November 2023.

• Triumphant Return: Released just ten days before the presidential election, Faye made a successful bid for the presidency.

• Public Debut: Held his first public appearance as a presidential contender on March 15, 2024.


• Historic Victory: Elected as Senegal’s President on March 24, 2024, marking a significant moment in the country’s political landscape.

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