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Benin: Electoral campaign ends

Benin: Electoral campaign ends


Voters in Benin will on Sunday head to the polls to choose a new president from a pool of over 30 candidates.

But out of the large number of contenders, there are some candidates who stand out.

Lionel Zinsou of the Cowrie Forces for an Emerging Benin is one of the candidates vying for the top spot.

He continues to enjoy immense support being a candidate of the political alliance.

‘‘You saw the fever. Did you see wherever we go, people welcomed us, people are happy to have someone like Lionel Zinsou as president of the Republic of Benin. Lionel Zinsou for us is a man of development, Lionel Zinsou for us means development of the country, employment for the youth. That is why we support Lionel Zinsou. And we believe that in the first round, we will win,’‘ said Celine Houessinon, a campaigner for Lionel Zinsou.

Pascal Irenee Koupaki, former Prime Minister under President Boni Yayi, is the candidate of the new consciousness.

Abdoulaye Bio Tchane is a former president of the African Development Bank. A failed candidate from the 2011 presidential election, he still prefers to leverage on social projects, projects that prioritize job creation for the youth.

According to him: ‘‘We will start developing from April 6, 2016, I have a National Programme for youth employment. And during the five years we will be in power, we will help this country produce five hundred thousand jobs.’‘

There are also traders in this presidential race like Patrice Talon who in the past used to finance politicians or political parties.

Incumbent President Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down after two terms at the helm of the small west African nation, paving the way for 33 contenders vying to take up the top job.