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Patrice Talon pledges to 'miraculously' change Benin in 5 years


<p>Benin’s president Patrice Talon has promised to turn the fortunes of his country around by the end of his five-year term in office.</p> <p>He made the declaration at a press conference with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande in France. </p> <p>The two leaders also announced an improvement in cooperation.</p> <p>Talon, who was elected in March said leaders have a responsibility to improve the lot of their citizens. </p> <p>“Those who govern have the responsibility to eradicate poverty. Benin is really a poor country. I am confident that I will bring a miraculous change in five years,” he said during a press briefing.</p> <p>Talon won over 65 percent of votes cast in the second round of the presidential election in the small West African nation. </p> <p>The election further enhanced the country’s democratic credentials as the then incumbent president, Thomas Boni Yayi stepped down at the end of his second term.</p> <p>The French president said: “I personally congratulated him for his election which was of course very transparent in all aspects”.</p> <p>Talon who had been critical of the previous administration, now has the task of diversifying Benin’s economy which relies mainly on agriculture, trade and exports and uplifting it from poverty.</p>
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