Presidential election in Benin: Patrice Talon's outstretched hand to the opposition

The president of Benin Patrice Talon in 2017. Sia KAMBOU / AFP

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Benin is preparing for the presidential election on April 11.

Patrice Talon, who organized legislative elections without the opposition in 2019, this time promises an “inclusive ballot” open to his opponents and undertakes to do everything to implement it.

But the opposition remains suspicious.


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With our correspondent in Cotonou,

Jean-Luc Aplogan

Patrice Talon drags like a bullet

the episode of the legislative elections of 2019 organized without the opposition


He is regularly accused of locking everything down and pushing back Benin's democracy.

But he denies it about the future presidential election, set for April 11, 2021, about which he made this promise,

in full tour



During the upcoming presidential elections, they will all be present, the Forces Cauris, the Democrats

," he said.

We will do everything to ensure that the candidate goes to the elections, so that the elections are 


so that we never fall back into what happened




Patrice Talon to add: “ 

I will do everything in my power to ensure that the candidates of others have their sponsorships.


The " 


" refers to the future party being created by former President Boni Yayi.

We do not believe the words of the head of state,


its vice-president Nourénou Atchadé on the subject of the presidential commitment.

We must force Patrice Talon to accept that in a democracy, there must be elections for everyone and that it is not only him who designates the people he likes, to go to the elections.


► To read also: Benin: Patrice Talon begins a national tour, the opposition denounces a "pre-campaign"


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