Elections in Benin

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Benin elects on national level a head of state – the president – and a legislature. The president is elected for a five-year term by the people. The National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) has 83 members, elected for a four-year term by proportional representation. Benin has a multi-party system, which means that there several political parties or coalitions.

Recent elections[edit]

On 5 March 2006, voters went to the polls to decide who would succeed Mathieu Kérékou as President. Results were expected to be announced by 8 March. As no single candidate of the 26 won an outright majority, a runoff election took place two weeks later, won by Yayi Boni with three-quarters of the vote. [1], [2], [3]

e • d Summary of the 5 and 19 March 2006 Benin presidential election results
Candidates - Nominating parties Votes % 1st round Votes % 2nd round
Yayi Boni 1,074,308 35.78% 1,979,305 74.60%
Adrien Houngbédji - Democratic Renewal Party (Parti du renouveau démocratique) 727,239 24.22% 673,937 25.40%
Bruno Amoussou - Social Democratic Party (Parti Social-Démocrate) 489,122 16.29%
Léhadi Vinagnon Soglo - Benin Rebirth Party or Renaissance Party of Benin (Parti de la renaissance du Bénin) 253,478 8.44%
Antoine Kolawolé Idji - African Movement for Development and Progress (Mouvement africain pour la dévelloppement et le progrès) 97,595 3.25%
Lazare Sèhouéto - Movement for the People's Alternative (Mouvement pour une Alternative du Peuple) 61,195 2.04%
Sévérin Adjovi - Liberal Democrats' Rally for National Reconstruction-Vivoten (Rassemblement des Démocrates Libéraux pour la Reconstruction nationale)(RDL-Vivoten) 53,304 1.78%
Antoine Dayori - Hope Force (Force Espoir) 37,436 1.25%
Total (turnout 76.9%/69.5%) 3,014,167 2,656,070 100.0%
Source: African Elections Database
e • d Summary of the 31 March 2007 Beninese National Assembly election results
Parties and alliances Seats
Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin (Forces Cauris pour un Bénin Emergent) 35
Alliance for Dynamism and Democracy (Alliance pour une Dynamique Démocratie) 20
Democratic Renewal Party (Parti du Renouveau Démocratique) 10
Key Force (Force Clé) 4
Union for Relief (Union pour la Relève) 3
National Union for Democracy and Progress (Union Nationale pour la Démocratie et le Progrès) 2
Hope Force (Force Espoir) 2
Coalition for an Emerging Benin (Coalition pour un Bénin Emergent) 2
Alliance for Revival (Alliance Le Réveil) 2
Alliance of the Forces of Progress (Alliance des Forces du Progrès) 1
Party for Democracy and Social Progress (Parti pour la Démocratie et le Progrès Social) 1
Restore the Hope (Restaurer l’Espoir) 1
Total (turnout 58.69%) 83
Source: APA and IPU Parline.

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