The President of Benin was re-elected with 86% of the votes in the first round of elections and intends to maintain his pace of reforms.
During his tenure, Patrice Talon announced that he was risking unpopularity due to his reforms. He did not risk his re-election. The President of Benin easily won the presidential election with 86% of the vote, opposing two formerly unknown representatives, Alassane Somanu and Korentin Koho, whose political leanings are unknown or almost identical.
Elected in 2016, he promised to serve only one semester. However, for the second time he found himself in charge of Benin. Its first challenge will be to bring together and ease the intense tensions that emerged during the election. Opposition male ors were prevented from participating in the competition because some of them were forced into exile or imprisoned. Last week, in a country known for its stability and democratic vitality, violence killed at least two people.
The voting has also raised questions. According to data from the Autonomous National Electoral Commission (Cena), 16 of the 546 states were unable to vote on Sunday, April 11, mainly in the north-central part of the country, where the opposition’s historical strongholds are concentrated. Some videos were also distributed, which showed violations: ballot box stuffing, multiple signatures, etc.
The opposition asked for a boycott of votes. It was announced that the participation rate was 50.17%, compared with 65% in 2016-the Constitutional Court has not yet verified this result.The observers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said they observed “Low turnout”, monitor “Slightly improved”, And the organization of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) pointed out “Voter mobilization is relatively low.”
Benin is condemned by the Human Rights Amnesty International (NGO), such as Amnesty International (Amnesty International), “Autocratic Wandering” with “The imprisonment of opponents, bloggers and journalists”. “Around the president, it’s admirable, someone persuaded people to change the country in the right direction, Observers on the political scene said. This leads them to become dogma. Did the president go too far with this severity? Everything is related to the slider, but it is undeniable that this style is cruel. ”
Patrice Talon wants to maintain the pace of reforms he has made at his best. “The priority of the second term will be to improve the health and education sectors”, President’s Director of Public Relations Wilfried Houngbédji (Wifried Houngbédji) said. Patrice Talon (Patrice Talon) supporters often emphasize the president’s economic record, especially road infrastructure construction-he made a fortune in agricultural investment, and in 2015 occupied 15E Ranked in the African ranking Forbes 400 million dollars.
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