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Benin’s Presidential Poll Heads Into Run-Off Vote

Posted: Mar 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Benin’s ruling party candidate, Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, has failed to secure more than 50% in Sunday’s presidential elections, taking the contest into a second round.

Preliminary results show he took 28% of the vote and will face businessman Patrice Talon, who won 25%.

Thirty three candidates contested to replace President Thomas Boni Yayi, who is stepping down after two terms.

The date for the run-off vote is yet to be announced.

The provisional results must be confirmed by the constitutional court.

Mr Zinsou, who is Franco-Beninese, used to head France’s largest investment bank and is considered as “France’s candidate” by his detractors.

Benin gained independence from France in 1960.