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Vol 47 No 7

Published 31st March 2006


Benin

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 Mathieu Kérékou's outgoing government not to cancel the ballot. The result on 19 March, accepted by all, was the election at the second round of Yayi Boni, with nearly 75 per cent of the vote, to 25 per cent for Adrien Houngbedji .

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