Opposition Candidate Talon Wins Benin Presidential Election, Prime Minister Zinsou Concedes Defeat

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Patrice Talon (centre) Flanked by supporters (Photo: Yahoo)

Patrice Talon, a Businessman and an opposition candidate, has won the presidential elections in Benin Republic.

Talon, who competed against Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou in a second-round run-off vote after neither won an outright majority in the first round of voting on March 6, won 64.8 per cent of the vote, against 35.2 for Zinsou.

Reports from Cotonu say Zinsou, on Monday called the winner Patrice Talon to congratulate him on his victory and wish him luck.

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Benin Republic Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and Presidential candidate in the elections.

Talon, 57,  former ally turned political rival of outgoing President Thomas Boni Yayi defeated Yayi’s hand-picked successor  Lionel Zinsou on Sunday’s run-off election.

By relinquishing power after serving two terms in office, Boni Yayi stands in contrast to leaders in other African nations, including Burundi, Rwanda and Congo Republic, who have altered their constitutions in order to extend their rule.

The President-elect Talon attacked his main opponent  Zinsou dual French citizenship, presenting himself as the real Beninese.

Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, a former economist and investment banker backed by both Boni Yayi and the main opposition Democratic Renewal Party.

 

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