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Population: 10.60 mn.
GDP: 9.24 bn.
Debt: 2.37 bn.

After the Constitutional Court ruled out a third term for President Thomas Boni Yayi, competition for the succession should dominate politics this year. He may yet try to bend the rules but could instead focus on his legacy, including the planned rail link to Niger and on Benin’s role in the new regional force to fight Boko Haram.

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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 reputati...

Battle of the bankers

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

The two main contenders in April’s presidential election – both regional bankers – are evenly matched but for now the balance of support favours the incumbent, President Thomas Yay...

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 h...

Minority politics

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

In another desperate attempt to win over some opposition supporters to his ineffectual coalition, President Thomas Boni Yayi announced a ministerial reshuffle on 22 October. Yet th...

Twilight of the chameleon

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

Intense pressure from domestic opinion and from the European Union - which threatened cuts in aid and promised US$4 million towards the $6 mn. election budget - persuaded President...

The old order please

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

With one eye to politics after President Mathieu Kérékou departs, a significant proportion of notables are standing in the country's first communal and municipal elec...

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 mini...

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 ...

Kérékou, no coup

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

Spiralling fuel price rises, a troublesome cotton privatisation and a strong whiff of institutional corruption mean President Mathieu Kérékou should worry about his r...

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