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Vol 57 No 4

Published 19th February 2016


Zinsou stretches his lead

After less than a year in politics, the Premier looks the favourite to succeed Thomas Yayi Boni as President

Prime Minister only since May and widely viewed as a politically naive presidential protégé, Lionel Zinsou approaches the first round of voting in the presidential election on 6 March with the declared support of the three most powerful party machines. He is the official candidate of the governing Forces cauris pour un Bénin émergent (FCBE, Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin). He has also won the endorsement of the Parti du renouveau démocratique (PRD) led by National Assembly Speaker and former Premier Adrien Houngbédji, and the Renaissance du Bénin (RB) of the Mayor of Cotonou, Léhady Soglo.

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