Benin, cradle of voodoo, democracy

2016-04-07 17:01

The small west African nation of Benin is known for cotton production and a bustling port, but also world-class music and voodoo beliefs.

Zuma congratulates Patrice Talon following Benin election

2016-03-28 19:25

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Patrice Talon on his election as president of Benin following elections in that country.

Talon wins Benin presidential race

2016-03-21 13:19

Businessman Patrice Talon has won the second round of Benin's presidential election from his adversary and incumbent Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou.

Opponents unite for Benin 2nd round vote

2016-03-14 18:01

Businessman Patrice Talon will team up with his beaten opponent Sebastien Ajavon to take on Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou in the second round of Benin's presidential election.

Benin votes to elect new president

2016-03-06 10:22

Benin goes to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president but with lingering concerns about the distribution of voters' cards that has already forced a two-week postponement to the election.

Five foreigners held ransom by Nigerian militants

2016-02-04 17:45

Niger Delta militants are holding five foreigners ransom after hijacking a chemical tanker off the coast of Nigeria.

Benin prison conditions dire

2016-01-18 22:28

UN experts have voiced alarm at disturbing and cramped conditions in Benin detention facilities, including poor access to water and food, and urged the west African country to immediately reduce overcrowding.

Benin tackles climate change with sunshine and coconuts

2015-11-17 09:22

For the last 3 years, an environmental organisation has been trying to turn Beninese away from their reliance on charcoal or wood, which is used in four out of five households for cooking.

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.


Businessperson sworn in as Benin's president

2016-04-06 17:00

Benin's leader can serve two terms but Talon has said he will step down after five years to avoid 'complacency' and seek to limit future presidents to a single term.

Lionel Zinsou concedes defeat in Benin election

2016-03-22 09:12

Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou has conceded defeat to Patrice Talon, handing the businessman victory in Benin's presidential elections in a vote hailed as an example for democracy in action.

Benin run-off vote: PM vs cotton magnate

2016-03-20 19:45

Benin is holding a presidential run-off vote that pits the prime minister against a cotton magnate who was once accused of trying to poison the current president.

Cambridge removes African statue after protest

2016-03-10 16:58

A Cambridge University college has removed a bronze statue of an African cockerel from display following a campaign by students.

Boost for SA, Benin maritime project

2016-02-11 15:41

Transnet Port Terminals is extending its footprint beyond the borders of SA with a team that has taken occupation at the Port of Cotonou in Benin, West Africa.

Nine people suspected dead of Lassa fever in Benin

2016-02-03 05:12

As the world ramps up its fight against the Zika virus, West Africa is battling to contain a growing outbreak of Lassa fever with nine people in Benin reported dead.

Benin politicians criticise PM's bid for presidency

2016-01-06 16:58

A group of politicians and union leaders in Benin say they are opposed to Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou standing for the presidency.

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.

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.

West African leaders urge power liberalisation

2015-07-01 21:05

Five West African leaders have urged regional governments to liberalise the region's electricity sector to overcome insufficient power capacities.

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