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Vol 41 No 13

Published 23rd June 2000


Benin

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 re-election fight next March with Nicéphore Soglo, the man he defeated in 1996. Soglo has a solid reputation for economic competence (AC Vols 40 No 4 & 41 No 4). Cotonou's middle class complains that Kérékou shows little appetite for economic or political reform. Yet the veteran President may defeat Soglo's comeback bid - despite the economic troubles surrounding the Kérékou court.

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