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Vol 42 No 6

Published 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 per cent to his predecessor and former Prime Minister, Nicéphore Soglo. Soglo pulled out of the race on 16 March, calling the polls a 'masquerade'. Adrien Houngbedji, President of the Assemblée Nationale, took 13.5 per cent and pulled out on 19 March.

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