Benin Vote Count Begins as 33 Candidates Fight for Presidency


Votes are being counted in Benin, where 33 candidates are fighting to become president. Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down as leader in the West African nation of 10.6m people after two terms. The ruling party’s candidate is Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, who used to head France’s largest investment bank. Sunday’s election was delayed after problems with the distribution of polling cards.

Benin’s electoral commission is yet to start publishing official results, but local media reported that Mr Zinsou would probably go to a run-off. Official results are expected on Tuesday. Mr Zinsou, who is Franco-Beninese, is considered as “France’s candidate” by his detractors, RFI reports. Benin gained independence from France in 1960.

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Text Source: BBC News, 7th March 2016

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