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US News Speech on the state of the nation in Benin: Patrice Talon evokes Covid-19 and terrorism

20:40  29 december  2021
20:40  29 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le président du Bénin, Patrice Talon. © SIA Kambou / AFP The President of Benin, Patrice Talon.

In its very first speech on the state of the nation before the members since its contested re-election of April 2021, the Beninese President referred to the health crisis related to COVID-19 and especially the attacks that occurred in recent weeks in the North- West of the country.

with our correspondent in Cotonou, Jean-Luc ApLogan

Exercise is a constitutional obligation. Once a year, the head of state Beninese pronounces before the deputies a speech on the state of the nation. This year, "Vigilance" and "Determination" represented the commitment made by Patrice Talon before the deputies on the fight against terrorism, before announcing considerable strengthening of the operational capacities of the army.

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"We have been repeatedly experienced in recent times," said the president. Officially, three terrorist attacks caused the death of three Beninese soldiers in Porga and Arli in December. Benin has been in prevention for two years, "said Patrice Talon, and this has allowed him to suffocate the incursion velléities and to proceed with justified arrests.

16% Vaccine Cover

The Head of State also addressed his response plan against CIVID-19. In particular by calling for vaccination because the vaccine coverage rate is low: around 16%, according to our information.

On the other hand, it has hardly mentioned the internal political situation or the political decline claimed by its opponents since 2019. Nothing either on prisoners or sentenced opponents.

However, a sequence went around social networks. At the Tribune, Patrice Talon said, "This is the first speech about the state of the nation of my second term. I did not say the second. The deputies applauded and his entourage interpreted that Patrice Talon would not make more than two mandates, that he would respect the Constitution and leave the power in 2026.

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