Jun 9, 2007

PM is again a married man

*more photos can be found at Yahoo! News.

In a quiet ceremony without any press, PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ties knot with Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah at Seri Perdana.

"I am thankful to Allah (God) for the marriage ceremony to have gone smoothly," he told reporters in his first response to questions following the wedding.

PUTRAJAYA, June 9 (Bernama) -- The marriage between Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah was solemnised at the Prime Minister's official residence in "Seri Perdana" here Saturday.

The akad nikah ceremony was solemnised by the Imam of the Putrajaya Mosque, Haji Abd Manaf Mat, at 2.50pm. It was witnessed by the prime minister's son, Datuk Kamaluddin Abdullah, and son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin.

The ceremony was attended by close relatives, according to a statement issued by the prime minister's family to Bernama at 3.40pm.

"The prime minister and his wife would like to thank the people for their good wishes for a happy marriage," the statement added.

Born in Kuala Lumpur on July 29, 1953, Jeanne is the eldest among four siblings.

She received her education at Sekolah Menengah Assunta in Petaling Jaya and has vast experience in administration and hotel management.

She also worked as a supervisor of the official residence of the Deputy Prime Minister and was manager at the Seri Perdana complex.

Jeanne, 53, has two daughters, Nadiah, 29, and Nadene, 27.

Abdullah, 67, has two children, Kamaluddin and Nori, from his marriage to the late Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, who passed away on Oct 20, 2005 from breast cancer.

Jeanne and her entourage were seen entering Seri Perdana for the akad nikah ceremony at 2.20pm.

Meanwhile congratulation message from Tun Mahathir:

PUTRAJAYA, (Bernama) -- Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Friday extended congratulations to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on his marriage tomorrow to Jeanne Abdullah.

Dr Mahathir said he hoped that Abdullah and Jeanne would have a happy married life together.

"As he (Abdullah) has lost his wife, it is `harus' (allowable in Islam) for him to get married again and I wish to congratulate him and pray for him to have a happy married life," he told reporters at a reception to welcome back Merdeka de Everest 2007 mountain climbers at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, here.

Abdullah, 67, will wed Jeanne, 53, at the prime minister's official residence, Seri Perdana, here tomorrow.

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