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Businessman Talon wins Benins run-off election

Businessman Patrice Talon has won  in the Sunday's run-off presidential in Banin.

Benin's outgoing Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou has therefore,  conceded defeat to the  businessman turned politician moment after the election, stating he had called Mr Talon to congratulate him "on his victory and wish him luck".

The electoral commission is expected to announce provisional results later on Monday.

"The provisional results point to a decisive victory for Patrice Talon," Prime Minister Zinsou told the AFP news agency by telephone. "The difference is significant, electoral victory is certain."

President Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down after two terms. Mr Talon, known as the "king of cotton", used to  a close ally to  President Thomas Boni Yayi but was accused of masterminding a plot to poison him in 2012.

This is a turnaround from the first round vote last month when Mr Talon came slightly behind Mr Zinsou with 25% compared to his 28%.

The West African nation introduced multi-party democracy in 1990 after nearly two decades of military rule - the first to do so in sub-Saharan Africa.

 


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