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Patrice Talon: from self-made tycoon to new African leader

Benin's new president Patrice Talon, dubbed the King of Cotton, is a self-made tycoon with a bling-bling style in marked contrast to the more austere past rulers of the West African country.

 March 21, 2016 - 18:29:04 GMT
Talon wins Benin presidential race as Zinsou concedes defeat

Talon wins Benin presidential race as Zinsou concedes defeat

Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou on Monday conceded defeat to Patrice Talon, handing the businessman victory in Benin's presidential elections in a vote hailed as an example for democracy in action.

 March 21, 2016 - 15:15:09 GMT

Benin prime minister concedes defeat in presidential runoff

COTONOU, Benin - Benin's prime minister has phoned businessman Patrice Talon to concede defeat and congratulate him on his victory in the West African country's presidential runoff.

 March 21, 2016 - 11:40:25 GMT
Benin Prime Minister Zinsou concedes defeat in presidential elections

Benin Prime Minister Zinsou concedes defeat in presidential elections

Benin Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou on Monday conceded defeat to businessman Patrice Talon in presidential elections.

 March 21, 2016 - 09:52:24 GMT

Benin holds presidential runoff vote as leader to step down

COTONOU, Benin - Benin is holding a presidential runoff vote that pits the prime minister against a cotton magnate who was once accused of trying to poison the current president.

 March 20, 2016 - 12:18:31 GMT
Key issues in Benin's presidential election

Key issues in Benin's presidential election

Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou goes head-to-head with businessman Patrice Talon on Sunday in the decider of Benin's presidential election, with little to separate the two after first-round voting.

 March 20, 2016 - 07:13:26 GMT
Benin's holds run-off presidential vote

Benin's holds run-off presidential vote

Polls were due to open at 0600 GMT in the race to succeed outgoing President Thomas Boni Yayi, who is stepping down after two full five-year terms.

 March 20, 2016 - 05:09:25 GMT

Benin to deploy troops to anti-Boko Haram task force

Benin will deploy 150 troops next month to assist a regional task force battling Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a statement from the task force said on Tuesday.

 March 15, 2016 - 13:46:51 GMT
Opponents unite before Benin presidential 2nd round vote

Opponents unite before Benin presidential 2nd round vote

Businessman Patrice Talon will team up with his beaten opponent Sebastien Ajavon to take on Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou in the second round of Benin's presidential election.

 March 14, 2016 - 13:56:30 GMT
Benin presidential election set for second round

Benin presidential election set for second round

Benin's presidential election looks set to be a second round run-off between Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and businessman Patrice Talon, the country's electoral commission indicated on Tuesday.

 March 08, 2016 - 13:52:45 GMT

Benin's presidential contest heading to runoff, results show

COTONOU, Benin - Early results from Benin's presidential vote show there will be a runoff election between the ruling party's chosen candidate and a cotton magnate.

 March 08, 2016 - 12:00:21 GMT
Benin PM Zinsou to face run-off in presidential election

Benin PM Zinsou to face run-off in presidential election

COTONOU Reuters - Benin's Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou gained 28.4 percent of votes in a presidential election and will face a run-off against prominent businessman Patrice Talon, results from the national electoral commission showed on Tuesday.

 March 08, 2016 - 09:25:04 GMT
Benin votes for new president to succeed Boni Yayi

Benin votes for new president to succeed Boni Yayi

Polls closed and counting began in Benin on Sunday after voting to choose a new president from a record 33 candidates, with monitors reporting few problems despite concerns about election cards.

 March 06, 2016 - 18:24:21 GMT

Benin polls open, voters to elect new president

COTONOU, Benin - Polls have opened in Benin for an election to choose a successor to the West African nation's president, who is stepping down after two terms.

 March 06, 2016 - 10:15:10 GMT
Polls open in Benin presidential election

Polls open in Benin presidential election

Polls opened in Benin on Sunday in an election to replace President Thomas Boni Yayi who is stepping down after two terms, leaving 33 candidates to vie for power in the small West African nation.

 March 06, 2016 - 07:34:46 GMT
Benin votes to elect new president

Benin votes to elect new president

Benin goes to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president but with lingering concerns about the distribution of voters' cards that has already forced a two-week postponement to the election.

 March 06, 2016 - 05:21:09 GMT
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