List of heads of state of Benin

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President of the
Republic of Benin
Flag of Benin.svg
Président Patrice Talon.jpg
Incumbent
Patrice Talon

since 6 April 2016
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Hubert Maga
Formation 31 December 1960
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This is a list of Presidents of Benin (formerly Dahomey) since the formation of the post of President in 1960, to the present day.

A total of seven people have served as President (not counting two Acting Presidents, several interim military officeholders and a collective presidency). Additionally, one person, Mathieu Kérékou, has served on two non-consecutive occasions.

Presidents of Benin[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Colour key
(for political parties)

Republic of Dahomey[edit]

Status
  Denotes Acting Head of State
President Term of office Political party
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Took office Left office Duration
1 Noimage.png Hubert Maga
(1916–2000)
1 August 1960 28 October 1963
(Deposed)
3 years, 88 days Dahomeyan Democratic Rally
Noimage.png Christophe Soglo
(1909–1983)[1]
28 October 1963 25 January 1964 89 days Military
2 Noimage.png Sourou-Migan Apithy
(1913–1989)
25 January 1964 27 November 1965
(Resigned)
1 year, 306 days Democratic Party
Noimage.png Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin
(1917–2002)
27 November 1965 29 November 1965 2 days Democratic Party
Noimage.png Tahirou Congacou
(1913–1994)
29 November 1965 22 December 1965
(Deposed)
23 days Democratic Party
3 Noimage.png Christophe Soglo
(1909–1983)
22 December 1965 19 December 1967
(Deposed)
1 year, 362 days Military
Noimage.png Jean-Baptiste Hachème
(1929–1998)[2]
19 December 1967 20 December 1967 1 day Military
Noimage.png Maurice Kouandété
(1932–2003)[3]
20 December 1967 21 December 1967 1 day Military
Noimage.png Alphonse Alley
(1930–1987)[3]
21 December 1967 17 July 1968 209 days Military
4 Noimage.png Émile Derlin Zinsou
(1918–)
17 July 1968 10 December 1969
(Deposed)
1 year, 146 days Independent
Noimage.png Maurice Kouandété
(1932–2003)[4]
10 December 1969 13 December 1969 3 days Military
Noimage.png Paul-Émile de Souza
(1930–1999)[5]
13 December 1969 7 May 1970 145 days Military
Noimage.png Hubert Maga
(1916–2000)[6]
7 May 1970 7 May 1972 2 years, 0 days Dahomeyan Democratic Rally
Noimage.png Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin
(1917–2002)[6]
7 May 1972 26 October 1972
(Deposed)
172 days Democratic Party
5 Mathieu Kerekou FOCR (cropped).jpg Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
26 October 1972 30 November 1975 3 years, 35 days Military

People's Republic of Benin[edit]

President Term of office Political party
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Took office Left office Duration
(5) Mathieu Kerekou FOCR (cropped).jpg Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
30 November 1975 1 March 1990 14 years, 120 days Military /
People's Revolutionary Party of Benin

Republic of Benin[edit]

President Term of office Political party
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Took office Left office Duration
(5) Mathieu Kerekou FOCR (cropped).jpg Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
1 March 1990 4 April 1991 1 year, 34 days People's Revolutionary Party of Benin
6 Nicéphore Soglo - mars 2012.jpg Nicéphore Soglo
(1935–)
4 April 1991 4 April 1996 5 years, 0 days Benin Rebirth Party
(5) Mathieu Kérékou 2006Feb10.JPG Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
4 April 1996 6 April 2006 10 years, 2 days Action Front for Renewal and Development
7 Yayi Boni.jpg Thomas Boni Yayi
(1952–)
6 April 2006 6 April 2016 10 years, 108 days Independent
8 Président Patrice Talon.jpg Patrice Talon
(1958–)
6 April 2016 Incumbent 108 days Independent

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Styled as Head of the Provisional Government
  2. ^ Styled as Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee
  3. ^ a b Styled as Head of State
  4. ^ Styled as Chief of Staff of the Army
  5. ^ Styled as Chairman of the Directory
  6. ^ a b Styled as Chairman of the Presidential Council

Latest election[edit]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Lionel Zinsou Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin 856,218 28.44 1,067,109 34.61
Patrice Talon Independent 746,798 24.80 2,015,889 65.39
Sébastien Ajavon Independent 693,492 23.03
Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané Alliance for a Triumphant Benin 264,515 8.79
Pascal Koupaki New Consciousness Rally 176,286 5.85
Robert Gbian Generations for Republican Governance 47,042 1.56
Fernand Amoussou Alliance of Forces of the Future 35,214 1.17
Issa Salifou Union for Relief 31,225 1.04
Aké Natonde Path of Benin 26,463 0.88
Nassirou Bako Arifari Amana Alliance 19,061 0.63
Mohamed Atao Hinnouho Résoatao Party 12,009 0.40
Saliou Youssao Aboudou 11,935 0.40
Bertin Koovi Iroko Alliance 10,645 0.35
Richard Senou 7,924 0.26
Karimou Chabi Sika Independent 7,236 0.24
Zul-Kifl Salami National Party of Congress 6,431 0.21
Elisabeth Agbossaga Union for Development and Reform 5,604 0.19
Zacharie Cyriaque Goudali 6 May Movement 4,793 0.16
Issifou Kogui N'douro Independent 4,791 0.16
Azizou El-Hadj Issa Independent 4,077 0.14
Gabriel Ayivi Adjavon 4,040 0.13
Marcel de Souza Republican Front of Benin 3,927 0.13
Omer Rustique Guezo 3,844 0.13
Jean-Alexandre Hountondji New March 3,771 0.13
Daniel Edah Movement for Prosperity and Solidarity 3,555 0.12
Marie-Elise Gbèdo 3,506 0.12
Christian Enock Lagnide 3,174 0.11
Issa Badarou Soule 2,804 0.09
Simon Pierre Adovelande Independent 2,788 0.09
Moudjaidou Soumanou Issoufou 2,573 0.09
Gatien Houngbedji Union for Economic and Social Development 2,213 0.07
Kamarou Fassassi Independent 1,676 0.06
Kessile Tchala Sare 1,258 0.04
Invalid/blank votes
Total 3,010,888 100 3,082,998 100
Registered voters/turnout 4,702,168 4,702,168
Source: ABP, CENA

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