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BENIN: Citizens willing to dig into own pockets to fund election
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Friday, January 20, 2006 (IRIN) - Amid worries that a cash crunch could delay Beninâ??s presidential elections set for March, trade unions, concerned individuals and parties across the political spectrum are digging into their own pockets to help fund the ... more

BENIN: Trade unions call stoppage to demand govt funds for election
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Tuesday, January 24, 2006 (IRIN) - Six of Beninâ??s seven trade union confederations on Tuesday began a two-day stoppage to demand that the government hand over funds needed for presidential elections next ... more

BENIN: On eve of election campaign, strikes and cash crunch cloud poll
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Thursday, February 16, 2006 (IRIN) - Weeks ahead of presidential elections in Benin, registration glitches and continued financial constraints are clouding efforts to select a replacement for exiting 72-year-old leader Mathieu ... more

BENIN: Refugees flee camp after clashes with villagers
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Friday, February 17, 2006 (IRIN) - Thousands of Togolese refugees have fled the Lokossa camp in Benin after fierce clashes with local residents in which 29 people were hurt, some by gunfire, local officials told IRIN on ... more

BENIN: Campaign winding up for historic but problem-fraught poll
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Thursday, March 02, 2006 (IRIN) - The billboards are up, the candidates are on the campaign trail, the bands are playing and the voodoo priests are praying for peace. In two days Benin votes for a new president in a poll whose run-up has been fraught with ... more

BENIN: Profiles of front-runners in presidential race
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Friday, March 03, 2006 (IRIN) - Benin elects a new president on Sunday amid a wide field of 26 candidates, some of them opposition veterans, others newcomers to the political scene. The following are profiles of the four ... more

BENIN: Counting underway after calm vote, but worries persist
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Monday, March 06, 2006 (IRIN) - Counting was underway on Monday in Benin after a calm though at times chaotic presidential poll seen as critical to the future of the tiny West African ... more

BENIN: Political newcomer in lead in first round of presidential poll
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Tuesday, March 14, 2006 (IRIN) - Boni Yayi, a former banker making a maiden bid for political office, has won the first round of Beninâ??s presidential elections, according to provisional results released on ... more

BENIN: Poultry farmers hit the road to encourage people to eat chicken
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Wednesday, March 15, 2006 (IRIN) - Poultry farmers and vendors led a road show through the streets of Benin's main city Cotonou before dining with government ministers on chicken and eggs to persuade people that poultry products are safe despite the arrival of bird flu in the ... more

BENIN: Presidential poll to go to second round - official
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Thursday, March 16, 2006 (IRIN) - Political newcomer and former banker Boni Yayi, and veteran politician and lawyer Adrien Houngbedji are to face off in the race to become Beninâ??s next president in a second round run-off vote, the Constitutional Court said on ... more


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BENIN: Date of presidential run-off triggers new tiff
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Friday, March 17, 2006 (IRIN) - The date for the final run-off round in Beninâ??s key presidential poll has triggered a new tiff in the problem-fraught ... more

BENIN: Rejecting appeal, government sets poll for 19 March
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Saturday, March 18, 2006 (IRIN) - Beninâ??s government late Friday rejected an appeal for more time to organise the second round in the countryâ??s key presidential election and ruled instead that voting take place Sunday 19 ... more

BENIN: Counting underway in Beninâ??s hastily-organised poll
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Monday, March 20, 2006 (IRIN) - Sundayâ??s election in Benin went off smoothly despite a rush to organise the second and decisive round in less than 48 hours, and counting was underway with results expected by Thursday, officials ... more

BENIN: Political novice Boni Yayi set to become new president
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Thursday, March 23, 2006 (IRIN) - Boni Yayi, a former banker in his maiden bid for political office, has won nearly 75 percent of the vote in the final round of Beninâ??s presidential election, according to provisional results from the National Electoral ... more

BENIN: President-to-be pledges change â??with Godâ??s blessingâ?
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Monday, April 03, 2006 (IRIN) - Boni Yayi, the former banker and political novice who will be sworn in as Beninâ??s new president this week following a landslide election victory, has promised sweeping change for the tiny West African nation â??with the blessing of ... more

BENIN: President Mathieu Kerekou leaves after 29 years
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Friday, April 07, 2006 (IRIN) - Bucking a regional trend towards constitutional revision and chaotic political successions, Beninâ??s long-serving ruler Mathieu Kerekou has observed the constitutional age limit and ceded the presidency to Boni Yayi, in a bow to ... more

BENIN-TOGO: A year on, only a handful of refugees have returned
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
GAME Wednesday, April 26, 2006 (IRIN) - A year after political trouble in Togo sent 25,000 people fleeing east into Benin, thousands of people remain crammed in tents and temporary shelters in this camp near the border, with few ready to go ... more

BENIN: Protestors slam visiting French minister for immigration bill
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Friday, May 19, 2006 (IRIN) - Over 1,000 protestors turned out in the rain on Friday to protest the presence in Benin of French Interior Minister Nicolas ... more

BENIN: Toll rises to 54 in petrol tanker explosion
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
OTONOU Friday, May 26, 2006 (IRIN) - Fifty-four people were killed and dozens injured when a petrol tanker in Benin caught fire and exploded as they were siphoning petrol, police and hospital sources ... more

BENIN: Toll climbs to 75 in petrol tanker explosion, scores of children orphaned
IRIN - Monday, March 26, 2007
ANGUIETA Wednesday, May 31, 2006 (IRIN) - A total 75 people have died and 24 are still receiving treatment after a petrol tanker in Benin caught fire and exploded a week ago as a crowd of people were siphoning petrol, hospital director Boniface Sambieni told ... more

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