2011 Beninese presidential election

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Presidential elections were held in Benin on 13 March 2011 after being postponed twice from 27 February and 6 March 2011.[1] Incumbent President Yayi Boni ran for re-election against thirteen other candidates, including former National Assembly head and political veteran Adrien Houngbédji and Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané, president of the West African Development Bank.[2] He won 53.18% of the vote, enough to win a second term without a run-off. It is the first time since the restoration of democracy in Benin that a candidate has won the presidency in a single round. A second round run-off would have been held on 27 March 2011 if it had been necessary.[3]


Adrien Houngbédji[edit]

Adrien Houngbédji, leader of the Democratic Renewal Party and runner-up to Boni in 2006, pledged to increase employment in the country's agriculture sector by investing 14 billion CFA francs ($28 million) in buying tractors and other heavy equipment for Beninese farmers. He also pledged to create an agricultural bank and lower the national income tax.[4]


Candidate Party Votes %
Yayi Boni Independent 1,579,550 53.14
Adrien Houngbédji Democratic Renewal Party 1,059,396 35.64
Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané Independent 182,484 6.14
Salifou Issa Union for Relief 37,219 1.25
Christian Enock Lagnidé Independent 19,221 0.65
François Janvier Yahouédéhou Patriotic Revival Party 16,591 0.56
Jean-Yves Sinzogan Independent 13,561 0.46
Marie-Elise Gbèdo Independent 12,017 0.40
Victor Prudent Topanou Party for Republican Union 11,516 0.39
Késsilé Tchala Saré Independent 9,469 0.32
Cyr Kouagou M'po Independent 9,285 0.31
Antoine Dayori Hope Force 8,426 0.28
Salomon Joseph Ahissou Biokou Independent 7,893 0.27
Joachim Dahissiho Independent 5,817 0.20
Invalid/blank votes 139,388
Total 3,111,833 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,668,558 84.8
Source: African Elections Database