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France's Hollande says Benin a 'benchmark' in democracy

France's Hollande says Benin a 'benchmark' in democracy

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday hailed Benin as a benchmark in democracy, as he kicked off a whistlestop African tour that will also take him to Angola and Cameroon.

   July 02, 2015 - 17:36 GMT
French president starts 2-day visit to Africa

French president starts 2-day visit to Africa

COTONOU, Benin - French President Francois Hollande has begun a two-day visit to Africa where he will hold talks with the leaders of Benin, Angola and Cameroon.

   July 02, 2015 - 13:37 GMT
Benin's new French-born premier sets the record straight

Benin's new French-born premier sets the record straight

Lionel Zinsou left his lucrative job as head of European investment firm PAI Partners to become Benin's prime minister less than a year before general elections.

   June 23, 2015 - 18:43 GMT
Benin smartphone app brings museums into homes

Benin smartphone app brings museums into homes

Admiring paintings or photographs by Africa's greatest contemporary artists is a luxury in Benin, where museums are scarce and most people lack money to travel farther afield.

   June 22, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
Benin appoints French-born financier as prime minister

Benin appoints French-born financier as prime minister

Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi has appointed the head of one of Europe's biggest capital investment funds as his new prime minister.

   June 19, 2015 - 10:06 GMT
Benin presidential opponent elected head of parliament

Benin presidential opponent elected head of parliament

Opposition leader Adrien Houngbedji was on Wednesday elected head of Benin's national assembly, possibly threatening the president's hopes of pushing through a controversial amendment to the constitution.

   May 20, 2015 - 11:41 GMT
Benin minister quits over Dutch water aid fraud claims

Benin minister quits over Dutch water aid fraud claims

Benin's minister for energy and water has resigned following allegations from the Netherlands of massive fraud in drinking water projects, the government confirmed on Wednesday.

   May 13, 2015 - 17:25 GMT
longer be a candidate for anything in the

longer be a candidate for anything in the

future a large majority would have allowed him a freer hand to carry out the constitutional amendments he wants before the end of his term

   May 04, 2015 - 08:48 GMT
Benin president's party leads after partial vote results

Benin president's party leads after partial vote results

The party of President Thomas Boni Yayi has won Benin's parliamentary elections with 32 seats out of 83 but failed to secure an absolute majority, according to the first partial results.

   May 02, 2015 - 04:20 GMT
Benin votes in test for President Boni Yayi

Benin votes in test for President Boni Yayi

Benin voted Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whom the opposition accuses of planning to try to cling to power after his second term ends next year.

   April 26, 2015 - 18:51 GMT
Benin votes in key test for President Boni Yayi

Benin votes in key test for President Boni Yayi

Benin headed to the polls Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whose controversial plans to change the constitution to extend his rule may be crushed if the opposition makes gains.

   April 26, 2015 - 07:47 GMT
Benin votes in key test for president's controversial plans

Benin votes in key test for president's controversial plans

Benin goes to the polls this weekend in legislative elections seen as a test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whose controversial plans to change the constitution could be crushed if the opposition makes gains.

   April 25, 2015 - 00:21 GMT
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