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 the President.
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 president.
According to COUNTRYAAH, Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin which is located in Western Africa. 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.