Population: 10.60 mn.
GDP: 9.23 bn.
Debt: 2.36 bn.

After serving two terms, President Thomas Yayi Boni will possibly seek a third at the 2016 elections. Levels of corruption remain high and the cotton sector is still crying out for investment to stabilise and increase production. 

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  • Vol 54 No 6
  •  15th March 2013

Stay on, moi?

After he made a host of startling coup plot accusations, some worry that President Thomas Yayi Boni may be displaying signs of paranoia. Since 2006, Benin has an enviable reputation for stability. So, when Yayi accused a former friend, wealthy businessm...

  • Vol 52 No 2
  •  21st January 2011

Battle of the bankers

Two financial experts are duelling for the presidential election in April in a campaign that will focus on development issues

  • Vol 52 No 1
  •  7th January 2011

Banker for Benin

Abdoulaye Bio Tchané, the Governor of the regional Banque ouest-africaine de développement, this week officially launched his bid for April’s presidential election in Benin. This had been long expected and ABT, as he likes to be known, has had one eye on ...

  • Vol 49 No 22
  •  31st October 2008

Minority politics

President Yayi lacks a parliamentary majority and the skills to win over new supporters

  • Vol 47 No 7
  •  31st March 2006

Twilight of the chameleon

A clear and fairly clean win for Yayi Boni ends the Kérékou era

  • Vol 43 No 24
  •  6th December 2002

The old order please

Local elections may show how the land lies as parties prepare for the post-Kérékou era

  • Vol 43 No 2
  •  25th January 2002

Bio's bio

Benin's Finance Minister, Abdoulaye Bio Tchane, will take over as the International Monetary Fund's Africa Department chief next month. He was once tipped as a potential prime minister but his career at the western Franc Zone's central bank in Senegal lef...

  • Vol 42 No 6
  •  23rd March 2001

Whose masquerade?

The presidential election has turned to farce since two leading candidates pulled out of the second round of voting claiming fraud. President Mathieu Kérékou emerged from the first round on 4 March with 47.1 per cent of the vote against 28.9...

  • Vol 41 No 13
  •  23rd June 2000

Kérékou, no coup

Despite economic woe, the Beninese may give President Kérékou yet another chance

  • Vol 41 No 4
  •  18th February 2000

Watching and waiting

President Mathieu Kérékou has kept his head down amid celebrations of his overthrow ten years ago. His friends say he developed humility when he became a Catholic while out of office. Yet he seems to like running Benin: having won back the presidency in t...

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