Benin Presidential elections faces a run-off

Benin Presidential elections faces a run-off

- Sunday's elections in Benin is set to face a run-off

- Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou will face businessman Patrice Talon.

- In all, 33 people contested sunday's elections

Benin Presidential elections faces a run-off

Lionel Zinsou (L) used to head a French bank and Patrice Talon (R) is a businessman

Benin is headed for a presidential run-off, as Sunday’s elections failed to come up with a winner to succeed President Thomas Yayi Boni.

In the keenly contested elections, Benin’s ruling party candidate, Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, who failed to secure more than 50% in Sunday's presidential elections will face businessman Patrice Talon.

Preliminary results show Mr. Zinsou took 28% of the vote and businessman Patrice Talon, also had 25% of the total votes that saw thirty three candidates contesting to replace President Thomas Boni Yayi, who is stepping down after two terms.

The date for the run-off vote is yet to be announced as the provisional results is yet to be confirmed by the constitutional court.

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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. 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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