Riots over presidential result


There has been increasing unrest in Cotonou the largest city in Benin since the re-election of President Boni Yayi in a first round vote on 13th March 2011.

The opposition had expected the vote to go to a second round and cite the severe problems many people had in getting registered.  Main opposition candidate Adrien Houngbédji had expected to get closer to 50% rather than the 35% he received.

The Constitutional Court is taking up opposition complaints and it is hoped that their ruling will calm what is described as an explosive situation which could become another Cote d’Ivoire. 

The opposition is claiming that their candidate won, again in a mirror image of the Cote d’Ivoire scenario.  The opposition and trade unions have called for further mass protests.

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