Gambian president takes 21 year old as second wife

October 3, 2010 12:00 am

, BANJUL, Oct 3 – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has taken a 21-year-old diplomat\’s daughter as a second wife, following months of speculation about a potential new marriage, the presidency said on Sunday.

The Muslim leader of the small west African country, who is 45, has two children with his other wife, Zineb Yahya Jammeh.

Jammeh married Zineb, a Moroccan, in 1999 following a divorce from his first wife.

Jammeh\’s new wife, Gambian national Alima Sallah, will be formally known as Lady Alima Yahya Jammeh.

"She is not to be addressed as the First Lady because according to protocol, there can only be one First Lady, and in this case, that is Madam Zineb Yahya Jammeh," the presidency said in a statement.

Jammeh has ruled Gambia for 16 years, and plans to seek a fourth term in 2011 presidential elections.


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