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Benin Releases Election Results Tuesday

 PM Lionel Zinsou and supporters
PM Lionel Zinsou and supporters

( 7, 2016)- Benin’s Electoral Commission has begun counting of votes in a Presidential Election featuring 33 candidates.

According to the BBC, the Electoral Commission is yet to start publishing official results, but local media reported that Mr.  Zinsou would probably go to a run-off. 

Reports say the Electoral Commission is expected to release official results on Tuesday to determine run-off candidates for the Presidency.

Prime Minister, Lionel Zinsou, is the Ruling Party’s candidate in the Sunday’s Presidential Election.

Reports say businessman, Patrice Talon, is poised to compete against Mr. Zinsou in the pending Presidential Run-Off.

Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down as leader in the West African nation of 10.6m people after two terms.

The election was delayed after problems with the distribution of polling cards, an issue that continued until the day before the vote.

Mr Zinsou, a Franco-Beninese, is considered as "France's candidate" by his detractors. Benin gained independence from France in 1960.

Job creation and anti-corruption drives are two of the main promises made by candidates.

Among other leading candidates is another businessman Sebastien Avajon, as well as economist Abdoulaye Bio Tchane and financier Pascal Irenee Koupaki.

Benin's Constitution barred Mr. Boni Yayi from seeking a third term, although he had tentatively sought changes to the text allowing him to do so.

The leaders of other African countries such as Burundi, Rwanda and Congo-Brazzaville have recently changed their constitutions to allow third terms.


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