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Thomas Boni Yayi

Date of Birth: 1 January 1952
Place of Birth: Tchaourou


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Breaking the democratic line

The Union Sociale Libérale (USL) party of exiled tycoon Sébastien Ajavon was one of many not invited; former president Thomas Boni Yayi's Forces Cauris Pour un Bénin Emergent (FCBE) was split over whether to join...

He appointed former director of the IMF Africa department Abdoulaye Bio Tchané as planning minister and economic supremo to stabilise public finances undermined by his predecessor Boni Yayi...

He was a key financier of Boni Yayi's campaign until the two fell out...


A Talon for authoritarianism

Calm has returned to the streets of Cotonou after days of post-election protests including the shooting dead by security forces of at least seven demonstrators gathered outside the home of former President Thomas Boni Yayi in the Cadjéhoun district on 1-2 May...


Talon turns back the clock

Security forces suppressed protests in the run-up to the election firing tear gas at crowds which included the former presidents Thomas Boni Yayi and the 84-year-old Nicéphore Soglo and his wife...

Talon was a beneficiary of the last such alternance defeating Boni Yayi's chosen successor Lionel Zinsou in the 2016 presidential race (AC Vol 57 No 7 The shoo-in is booed off)...

The extremely wealthy Talon presented himself during that campaign as a can-do moderniser who would tighten up the government machine after Boni Yayi's erratic later years...


The shoo-in is booed off

He was elected on the strength of not being a puppet of the discredited former President Thomas Yayi Boni which was how the losing candidate Lionel Zinsou was perceived...

Talon's support was based on voting out Yayi Boni and all his works and Zinsou was the fall guy...

Corruption and eccentricity – such as wild accusations about coups and poison plots – dominated the final years of Boni Yayi's time in office...

In accepting the nomination of Yayi Boni's governing Forces cauris pour un Bénin émergent (Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin) nominally the country's largest electoral force Zinsou relied too much on formal partisan support...

When term limits finally forced his departure in 2006 they rejected the rest of the political establishment to pick the hitherto little-known Yayi Boni (AC Vol 47 No 7 Twilight of the chameleon)...

Yayi Boni accused him of trying to poison him and before they reconciled he spent a year in exile in Paris (AC Vol 54 No 6 Stay on moi...


Zinsou stretches his lead

They are furious about Soglo Junior's decision to get the party to support Zinsou the hand-picked successor to Thomas Yayi Boni whom Nicéphore describes as his 'political executioner'...

The other contenders are united only by their opposition to a candidate who is entirely beholden to Yayi Boni for his sudden elevation...

The opposition believes Zinsou will be Yayi Boni's puppet and the candidate is under pressure to prove otherwise...

In so doing he has abandoned years of opposition to the Yayi Boni-FCBE electoral machine – he was the main losing challenger in both 2006 and 2011...

Just months ago Talon a one-time political donor and ally who spectacularly fell out with Yayi Boni and went into exile was seen as a potentially serious challenger...

Yayi Boni accused him of trying to poison him and stealing billions from the exchequer (AC Vol 54 No 6 Stay on moi...

In the absence of Yayi Boni ABT is the most prominent contender from the desperately poor and populous north where many electors will feel unmoved by Cotonou's faction battles and personal rivalries...

In more recent times the family were early backers of Thomas Yayi Boni...


New ideas, harder times and a few surprises

But the presidential elections due in Benin on 28 February break the mould: the race to succeed outgoing President Thomas Boni Yayi appears to be wide open and few in Porto Novo and Cotonou are willing to predict the outcome...

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The warning from Ouagadougou

Beyond Burkina Faso's borders the drama is being watched intently in countries whose Presidents are planning to extend their rule namely: Congo-Kinshasa's Joseph Kabila Congo-Brazzaville's Denis Sassou-Nguesso Togo's Faure Gnassingbé Benin's Yayi Boni Djibouti's Omar Guelleh Uganda's Yoweri Museveni Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza and Rwanda's Paul Kagame...


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The rush to the vote

More recently unconfirmed reports have surfaced that Benin’s President Thomas Yayi Boni had asked Maïga to help to finalise a 15 billion CFA franc (US$ 30...


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