Mathurin Nago

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Mathurin Coffi Nago is a Beninese politician who was President of the National Assembly of Benin from 2007 to 2015. Previously he was Minister of Higher Education and Vocational Training from 2006 to 2007.

Political career[edit]

As a candidate of the Union for Democracy and National Solidarity, Nago was elected to the National Assembly in the 1995 parliamentary election.[1] He served in the National Assembly until the end of the parliamentary term in 1999, and during that period he was a member of the National Assembly's Commission of Planning, Equipment and Production. He has also been Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of Benin. He became Minister of Higher Education and Vocational Training in April 2006 as part of President Yayi Boni's first government.[2] He participated in the Cauris Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE), which supported Boni, in the March 2007 parliamentary election,[3][4] and was elected to a seat in the National Assembly.[4] Afterwards, he was elected as President of the National Assembly on May 3, 2007; he received 45 votes against 34 for Bruno Amoussou.[3][5] Nago had one month to choose between his position as a minister and his National Assembly seat, and on May 22 Nago resigned from the government, along with four other ministers who had been elected to the National Assembly, as they had been instructed to do by Boni.[6][7]

Nago was elected as President of the Union for Progress and Democracy (UPD-Gamesu) at its first ordinary congress on August 18, 2007.[8][9]

Re-elected to the National Assembly in the March 2011 parliamentary election as a candidate of the FCBE,[10] Nago was then re-elected as President of the National Assembly on 21 May 2011. There were 60 votes in favor of his candidacy, two against, and two abstentions.[11]

Amidst a dispute over a potential change to the constitution, Nago quit the FCBE in February 2015, and on 14 March 2015 he launched a new alliance of parties, the United Democratic Forces (FDU), which intended to participate in the April 2015 parliamentary election.[12] In the election, Nago was re-elected to the National Assembly as an FDU candidate in the 18th constituency.[13] When the National Assembly began meeting for its new term, opposition leader Adrien Houngbédji was elected as President of the National Assembly on the night of 19–20 May 2015,[14][15] and he took office on 22 May, succeeding Nago.[16]


  1. ^ Jeune Afrique économie, issues 193–198 (1995) (French).
  2. ^ "Le gouvernement du Bénin, formé le 07 avril 2006", Afrique Express (French).
  3. ^ a b "Mathurin Nago becomes Benin’s Speaker of Parliament", African Press Agency, May 3, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Proclamation des résultats des élections législatives du 31 mars 2007", (French).
  5. ^ "Election du bureau de l’Assemblée nationale : Comment Yayi Boni a gagné le perchoir", Le Matinal, May 4, 2007 (French).
  6. ^ Fidèle H. Nanga, "Pour siéger à l’Assemblée nationale : Cinq ministres démissionnent du gouvernement", Le Matinal, May 23, 2007 (French).
  7. ^ "Benin : 5 cabinet ministers resign to become MPs", African Press Agency, May 23, 2007.
  8. ^ "Réunion avec les populations de Bopa: Le président Nago triomphalement accueilli", Le Matinal, September 3, 2007 (French).
  9. ^ "Bénin: Mathurin Nago prend les rênes de l'Upd-Gamesu", Fraternité, August 20, 2007 (French).
  10. ^ " Assemblée nationale/6ème législature:Liste complète des 83 députés proclamés élus par la Cour", Le Matinal, 13 May 2011 (French).
  11. ^ Karim Oscar Anonrin, "Election du bureau de l’Assemblée nationale, 6ème législature: Mathurin Coffi Nago réélu pour un mandat de 4 ans", Fraternité, 23 May 2011 (French).
  12. ^ "Bénin: le président de l’Assemblée lance son mouvement politique", Radio France Internationale, 15 March 2015 (French).
  13. ^ Yao Hervé Kingbêwé, "Législatives : liste complète des 83 députés selon la CENA", La Nouvelle Tribune, 2 May 2015 (French).
  14. ^ "Bénin: un membre de l’opposition à la tête de l’Assemblée nationale", Radio France Internationale, 20 May 2015 (French).
  15. ^ Hermann Boko, "Bénin : l’opposant Adrien Houngbédji porté au perchoir, un revers pour le pouvoir en place", Le Monde, 21 May 2015 (French).
  16. ^ Thibaud C. Nagnonhou, "Assemblée nationale: Me Adrien Houngbédji s’installe dans son fauteuil", La Nation, 26 May 2015 (French).