When the main opposition figures retreat, go into exile or go to prison, the outgoing head of state Patric Talon is almost guaranteed to return.
On Sunday, April 11, nearly 5.5 million Beninese voters were required to participate in elections to elect the head of state, while the central and northern parts of the country were paralyzed by protesters who condemned the outgoing President Patrice Talon (Patrice Talon) The ballot was confiscated.
The former businessman first made a fortune in agricultural inputs, and then made a fortune in cotton. It is almost certain that his re-election faces two candidates almost unknown to the public, and his equivalent campaigns are former MPs Alassane Soumanou and Corentin Kohoué.
The main opposition figures were exiled or sentenced to disqualification. Others, such as university professor Frédéric Joël Aïvo, Seeing that their candidates were rejected by the Election Committee because they did not have at least sixteen sponsors, as required by the 2019 constitution, in Benin, a country that previously praised its stability and democratic vitality, 154 out of 160 elected officials (Mayor and Deputy) belong to Patrice Talon’s camp.
After leading the country from 2006 to 2016, Thomas Boni Yayi left the Force Corris Party in April 2020 and joined the emerging Benin (FCBE) he created.He accused Patrice Talon’s relatives of infiltrating his actions and prohibited FCBE from using his “Image, [son] Name and [sa] Guarantee of any kind”.
Thomas Boni Yayi and Patrice Talon funded several election campaigns by their predecessors, and the relationship between them is very complicated. In October 2012, the cotton tycoon was even accused of trying to poison his competitors. After the political crisis after the legislative elections in April 2019, Thomas Boni Yayi’s home was surrounded by police and violent clashes broke out.
After exile, the former president returned to Benin. He is still an influential member of the opposition, especially in his hometown of Tchaourou (Central) as well as in the province of Save and Portonovo, where the residents of the high ethnic group they come from are present.
Former Prime Minister Thomas Boni Yayi was defeated by Patrice Talon in the second round of the 2016 presidential election. The economist, a former adviser to Laurent Fabius, was accused of being a “candidate for France”, succumbing to 34.63% of the vote, while the turnout rate was 65.67%.
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