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  Benin
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  President  Patrice Talon 0 16 +30.73%
  National Assembly  Progressive Union 0 19 +13.25%
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 Alibori   
 Atakora   
 Atlantique   
 Borgou   
 Collines   
 Couffo   
 Donga   
 Littoral   
 Mono   
 Ouémé   
 Plateau   
 Zou   


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Burkina Faso  
Niger  
Nigeria  
Togo  
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Gulf of Guinea  

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Alternate NamesRepublic of Benin; République du Bénin; "Dahomey" until November 30, 1975; the "People's Republic of Bénin" until March 1, 1990.
Established August 01, 1960
Disbanded Still Active
ContributorU Ole Polecat
Last ModifiedBojicat April 28, 2020 04:23pm
Description The nation was proclaimed the Republic of Dahomey on December 4, 1958, acceding to international sovereignty on August 1, 1960.

It then heralded a name-change advanced by long-time dictator Mathieu Kérékou (who led Benin from 1972 to 1991 and again from 1996 to 2006), calling itself the People's Republic of Bénin on November 30, 1975, and aligned itself closely with the Soviet Bloc until Kérékou was forced by popular unrest in December 1989 to drop Marxism-Leninism as the state ideology.

Kérékou was subsequently deposed by a 'National Conference' consisting of politicians, jurists and university professors held in February 1990. The Conference then set about to change the nation's name to the Republic of Bénin on March 1, 1990 and began to democratize the system.

Elections in 1996 brought back Kérékou, who claimed to have 'seen the light', and switched from Marxist ideologue to 'born-again' Christian (re-converting himself from Moslem). Kérékou began to revert to dictatorial ways and was caught winning re-election in 2001 through corrupt means [Link]

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