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Population: 11.18 mn.
GDP: $9.27 bn.
Debt: $2.89 bn.

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Plenipotentiary redundancy

Benin is planning to close 24 of its 27 embassies around the world in the second major retrenchment of the country's diplomatic corps since President Patrice Talon took office, Afr...

Talons on display

Although final details of a controversial constitutional reform are yet to be confirmed, President Patrice Talon has maintained a hardline stance on controversial constitutional re...

Breaking the democratic line

As he blurs state finances with private business, President Talon is shredding his country’s reputation for political reform

Most of the big opposition parties boycotted the political dialogue called by President Patrice Talon on 7 October to defuse the crisis triggered by his exclusion of some of the co...

Protectionism and patronage

A bid by President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the smuggling of rice and petrol is turning into a cross-border political fight

Ten months after its inauguration the new integrated frontier crossing between Nigeria and Benin at Sémé Kraké on the key Lagos-Cotonou corridor was closed to most trade on the ord...

A Talon for authoritarianism

President Patrice Talon continues to rebuff calls for a rerun of the 28 April parliamentary polls, which were marked by a meagre 23% turnout after opposition parties were excluded.

Talon turns back the clock

Banning opposition parties from contesting parliamentary elections is the latest episode in a presidential crackdown

After almost three decades as an admired pioneer of democratic freedom in francophone Africa, Benin has just conducted a parliamentary election from which all parties were excluded...

The shoo-in is booed off

The voters knew what they didn't want – the old President's placeman. But do they know what they are getting instead?

The winner of the presidential election, business tycoon Patrice Talon, remains a cipher as the impact of his unexpected victory sinks in and the public wonders what changes he may...

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 Ma...

Stay on, moi?

After he made a host of startling coup plot accusations, some worry that President Thomas Yayi Boni may be displaying signs of paranoia. Since 2006, Benin has an enviable reputati...

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