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Record 48 candidates seek Benin presidency

Record 48 candidates seek Benin presidency

A record 48 candidates have applied to contest next month's presidential election in the west African nation of Benin, the electoral agency said on Wednesday.

   January 13, 2016 - 10:53 GMT
Benin politicians criticise PM's bid for presidency

Benin politicians criticise PM's bid for presidency

A group of politicians and union leaders in Benin say they are opposed to Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou standing for the presidency, claiming he was parachuted in by former colonial power France.

   January 06, 2016 - 19:25 GMT
Benin prime minister unharmed after helicopter crash-landing

Benin prime minister unharmed after helicopter crash-landing

COTONOU Reuters - Benin's Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou walked away unharmed after the helicopter he was travelling in crash-landed in the north of the West African nation on Saturday, his daughter said.

   December 27, 2015 - 21:40 GMT
Benin prime minister unhurt after helicopter crash

Benin prime minister unhurt after helicopter crash

Benin Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou emerged unscathed after a helicopter he was travelling in crash-landed in the country's northwest, an official said Sunday.

   December 27, 2015 - 11:20 GMT
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