PM Lionel Zinsou faces Patrice Talon in Presidential runoff


Benin’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENA) has announced that the presidential election will go to a second round runoff to be held on 20th March.

Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou of the ruling Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE) took 856,218 votes and 28.44% of the vote and will face businessman and Independent candidate Patrice Talon who took 746,798 votes and 24.8% of the votes. Another businessman, Sébastien Ajavon came third with 693,492 votes and 23.03% of the vote.

There were 33 candidates in the first round which took place last Sunday 6th March with 4.7 million people entitled to vote. No other candidate got above nine percent of the vote. Turnout was 64%.

Incumbent President Thomas Boni Yayi’s term of office expires on 6th April.

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