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Benins PM Zinsou to face Patrice Talon in run- off

  Benin's PM, Lionel Zinsou(L) and Patrice Talob(R)
Benin's PM, Lionel Zinsou(L) and Patrice Talob(R) 8, 2016)- Latest reports from the West African state of say the ruling party’s candidate, Prime Minister, Lionel Zinsou, has failed to secure more than 50% in Sunday's presidential elections.

The BBC says a presidential run-off is imminent after Prime Minister, Lionel Zinsou, obtained 28 % of the votes, while businessman, Patrice Talon, won 25 %.

During the first round of the presidential race, thirty three candidates contested to replace President Thomas Boni Yayi, who is stepping down after two terms.

Though the official date for the run-off vote is yet to be announced, the provisional results are pending confirmation by Benin’s Constitutional Court.

Correspondents say a challenge appears possible, particularly as another businessman, Sebastien Ajavon, finished less than 2% behind Mr. Talon.

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.


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