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Protesters in Benin clash with police in post-election violence

May 02 2019

COTONOU Security forces in Benin's capital Cotonou on Thursday fired weapons to disperse crowds protesting against the exclusion of opposition parties from last Sunday's parliamentary election, Reuters witnesses said.

Benin moves to save part of West Africa's last big wildlife refuge

Jun 01 2017

COTONOU Benin is hiring scores of extra park rangers and bringing in conservation scientists to rehabilitate a part of West Africa's largest wildlife reserve, which contains big cats and thousands of elephants that have largely died out elsewhere in the region.

Benin parliament rejects bill aiming to reduce presidential terms

Apr 04 2017

PORTO NOVO Benin's parliament narrowly rejected a draft bill by President Patrice Talon on Tuesday for a referendum to reform the constitution, including a provision to reduce presidential terms from the current two to one.

Nigeria recession deals blow to smuggling hub Benin

Mar 30 2017

COTONOU/SEME, Nigeria On the outskirts of Benin's port city of Cotonou, thousands of used cars fill a vast parking lot but the merchants who used to come here from Nigeria to haggle for them are absent as recession bites at home.

Businessman takes insurmountable lead in Benin presidential poll

Mar 21 2016

COTONOU Benin's prime minister conceded defeat to businessman Patrice Talon on Monday as preliminary results from a presidential run-off election gave the cotton magnate an insurmountable lead, paving the way for a peaceful transition of power.

Benin wraps up voting in hotly contested presidential run-off

Mar 20 2016

COTONOU Benin wrapped up voting on Sunday in a run-off election that pitted outgoing President Thomas Boni Yayi's hand-picked successor against his former ally turned political rival in a highly competitive race.

Benin votes in presidential election as incumbent steps down

Mar 06 2016

COTONOU Benin began counting votes after an election on Sunday to choose a successor to President Thomas Boni Yayi, who is stepping down after two terms, leaving 33 candidates to compete for power in the West African country.

Benin to choose new president amid economic, logistical concerns

Mar 04 2016

COTONOU Benin will vote for a new president on Sunday in a crowded race focused on boosting the flagging economy, though logistical problems may keep hundreds of thousands from casting their ballots.

Benin prime minister gets opposition support for presidential election

Jan 30 2016

COTONOU Benin's prime minister Lionel Zinsou, favored by the president to succeed him in next month's election, received a boost on Saturday when the leading opposition party also named him as their preferred candidate.

Benin politicians attack president's favoured successor

Jan 05 2016

COTONOU The candidate favoured by Benin's president to succeed him in next month's election would make a disastrous leader of the West African nation, a group of dissidents from the ruling party and opposition politicians said on Tuesday.

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