Benin leader says will step aside in 2016 to 'respect the constitution'

2015-11-11 13:50

Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi will step down after two terms, out of “respect” for the constitution which bars him from seeking re-election in 2016, he has said.

Senegal, Benin presidents to mediate in Burkina Faso after coup

2015-09-18 07:41

Senegal President Macky Sall, the current chairperson of Ecowas, and Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi are set to travel to Burkina Faso to mediate the wake of a military coup, an official says.

France's Hollande says Benin a 'benchmark' in democracy

2015-07-02 22:12

French President Francois Hollande has hailed Benin as a "benchmark" in democracy, as he kicked off a whistlestop African tour that will also take him to Angola and Cameroon.

Benin leader pardons 'poison plot' suspects

2014-05-15 13:44

Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi has pardoned a prominent businessman and his alleged accomplices who were accused of conspiring to poison him and preparing a coup.

Bozize seeks asylum in Benin

2013-03-28 19:33

Deposed Central African president Francois Bozize, who has fled his country has sought asylum in Benin.

DRC, Mali conflicts overshadow AU summit

2013-01-28 14:51

The collapse of a peace deal for troubled eastern DRC has overshadowed a summit meeting of AU leaders, as efforts continue to drum up support for military intervention in war-torn Mali.

AU praises France's 'remarkable' Mali action

2013-01-17 09:41

African Union President Thomas Boni Yayi has praised the "remarkable work" of the French military in Mali, saying its troops are "practically saving" Africa.

AU calls on Nato for Mali force

2013-01-08 22:16

African Union chair Thomas Boni Yayi has called for Nato troops to join African Union forces in a mission to stabilise Mali following a coup last year.

Thousands attend funeral for Mills

2012-08-10 17:03

Thousands of mourners including African leaders, dignitaries and ordinary Ghanaians have attended the state funeral of former president John Atta Mills, who died ahead of a re-election bid.

AU renews call for Mali junta to step down

2012-05-07 07:40

Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, who is the current chairperson of the AU, has repeated a call for Mali’s military junta that seized power in a March coup to return to their barracks.


Burkina Faso to return to civilian rule after coup

2015-09-20 07:56

Interim government led by President Michel Kafando to be reinstated following talks with junta head in capital.

Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram

2015-08-02 08:14

Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi has announced he will send 800 troops to join a new multinational force tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants.

Benin leader's party leads, partial vote results show

2015-05-02 13:08

The party of President Thomas Boni Yayi has Benin's parliamentary elections with 32 seats out of 83 but failed to secure an absolute majority, according to the first partial results.

Benin's Yayi facing growing opposition

2013-08-15 20:40

Benin's president Yayi is facing growing opposition and has fired entire cabinet in the latest sign of unrest.

Benin attempted coup thwarted

2013-03-03 21:41

Benin says that authorities have thwarted an attempt to oust President Thomas Boni Yayi and install a military regime in the west African nation.

Ex-official sentenced for 'insulting' Yayi

2013-01-24 08:53

A former spokesperson for Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi has been sentenced to six months in prison on a charge of insulting the head of state by suggesting his entourage was corrupt.

Africa needs one president – Mugabe

2013-01-16 15:04

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says the forthcoming African Union summit should discuss the appointment of a president of Africa to foster unity among Africans, according to a report.

3 held for 'trying to poison Benin leader'

2012-10-23 11:05

Benin authorities have arrested President Thomas Boni Yayi’s doctor, his niece and an ex-minister over an alleged plot to poison the leader, the public prosecutor says.

African leaders meet on AU commission

2012-05-14 22:27

Several African leaders have met in Cotonou, Benin, to examine again the thorny issue of a new chair of the African Union Commission, a key post being contested by Gabon and South Africa.

Obama invites African leaders to G8 summit

2012-05-04 07:33

President Barack Obama has invited the leaders of Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania to take part in a session of food security in Africa at the G8 summit this month, officials say.

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