Benin. Government alliance The Cauri forces for a
prominent Benin (FCBE) won 33 of Parliament's 83 seats in
the April elections. This was a loss of eight seats compared
to 2011. With the support of several small parties, FCBE was
able to collect 40 seats. However, the opposition appointed
One election theme was about whether the Constitution
should be amended to allow President Thomas Boni Yayi, whose
term in office expires in 2016, to run for a third term.
Yayi said it was not relevant.
Among potential candidates were French-Beninese financier
Lionel Zinsou, whom Yayi unexpectedly appointed prime
minister in June. The post had been unoccupied since 2013.
Another was the businessman Patrice Talon, who returned
after several years in exile. He had previously funded
several of Yayi's election campaigns, but was accused in
2012 of participating in an alleged conspiracy against the
COUNTRYAAH, the country was still active in the region. Yayi and
Senegal President mediated to resolve the Burkina Faso
crisis following a military coup in September. Benin also
promised to send 800 soldiers to a regional force to help
Nigeria fight the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
Former President Mathieu Kérékou, who ruled the country
for 30 years, died in October. He turned 82 years old.