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Government in Benin

  • Benin president abandons plan to reduce number of presidential terms

    BENIN, 2017/07/19 Benin President Patrice Talon said he has abandoned plans to reduce the presidential mandate from two terms to one, next parliament rejected a draft bill to change the constitution. Talon, who came to power in a peaceful election one year ago, promised to reduce presidential terms from two five-year terms to one six-year term, in a bid to reduce what he called presidential "complacency" in the tiny West African country.
  • Sebestien Ajavon, announced on Sunday he would run for president in an election scheduled for February

    BENIN, 2016/01/06 A prominent Benin businessman, Sebestien Ajavon, announced on Sunday he would run for president in an election scheduled for February in the tiny West African national that borders Nigeria. President Thomas Boni Yayi has led the cotton-producing country since 2006. He is barred under the country's constitution from standing for a third term and the election is considered wide open. "I dream of a Benin that smiles and that's why I invite us to turn resolutely toward a clear next," he told a rally at Mathieu Kerekou stadium, which holds 35,000 and was nearly filled to capacity.
  • Implementation process of the reforms and the National Development Programme of the Justice Sector

    BENIN, 2014/03/20 The European Union (EU) will release 8 million Euros to Benin to enable the West African country further reform its judiciary, from official sources. The money will help in financing a project called 'support project to justice' which objective is to cover the implementation process of the reforms and the National Development Programme of the Justice Sector in the next five years.
  • Benin President Boni Yayi .

    BENIN, 2013/08/16 Benin President Boni Yayi has removed the post of prime minister in a new 26-member cabinet announced late on Sunday, fanning speculation about a leadership rift in the cotton-producing West African national. Yayi dismissed his entire government in a amaze move on Friday, declaring only that the decision was intended "to breathe a new dynamic" into the cabinet. He did not reappoint Pascal Koukpaki as premier or name any replacement.
  • The interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR), Michel Djotodia

    BENIN, 2013/07/18 The interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR), Michel Djotodia, arrived on Tuesday in Cotonou as part of an African tour, the Beninese presidency has announced. It said at the end of talks behind closed doors with his host, president Boni Yayi, the CAR interim president said he came to present the security situation in his country and ask for advice from President Yayi, whose involvement in the CAR crisis in his capacity as chairman of the African Union last year was appreciated. Interim President Djotodia said the security situation in CAR had returned to normal, except in the North where the Lord's Resistance Army of Joseph Kony was operating. He appealed to the African Union and the international community for assistance to help his countrymen threatened by famine.
  • African governments review growing energy and food subsidies

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/20 African government deficits, while low by historical standards, has been creeping up as aid and remittances dip, and counter-cyclical interventions rack up in response to the effects of the financial crisis. Combined with a rising food and fuel import bill, governments are presently looking for savings. Energy and food subsidies are increasingly being reviewed.