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

15:25  27 november  2020
15:25  27 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon (born 1 May 1958) is a Beninese politician and businessman who has been President of Benin since 6 April 2016. Talon is of Fon origins and was born in Ouidah. He descends from slave traders.

Presidential elections were held in Benin on 6 March 2016, having been delayed by one week due Saying that the results "point to a decisive victory for Patrice Talon ", Zinsou quickly conceded defeat and ^ Allegresse Sasse, " Benin prime minister gets opposition support for presidential election"

Le président du Bénin Patrice Talon en 2017. © Sia KAMBOU / AFP The president of Benin Patrice Talon in 2017.

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 pledges to do everything to implement it. But the opposition remains suspicious.

With our correspondent in Cotonou, Jean-Luc Aplogan

Patrice Talon drags like a ball 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, on the tour.

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"During the upcoming presidential elections, they will all be present, the Cauris Forces, the Democrats," he said. We will do everything to ensure that the candidate goes to the elections, so that the elections are "inclusive", so that we never fall back into what happened ". And Patrice Talon to add: “I will do everything in my power to ensure that the candidates of others have their sponsorships. "

" Democrats "refers to the future party being created by former President Boni Yayi. “We do not believe the words of the head of state, reacted his vice-president Nourénou Atchadé about 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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