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Vol 37 No 9

Published 26th April 1996


Benin

General Chameleon

Minority parties helped return Kérékou to power with some help from his old friends

Mathieu Kérékou is back in power. Benin's electors preferred the strongman they once rejected to Nicéphore Soglo, the economic reformer whose policies brought them scant rewards. Benin's presidential election this March does not spell the end of multi-party democracy and free market economics in Africa. Yet it could be a portent for the elections that loom in Uganda, Ghana and Zambia.

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