Benin sets presidential vote date

2011-01-11 22:24

Cotonou - Presidential elections in the west African nation of Benin will take place on February 27, the presidency said on Tuesday.

"The first round of presidential elections will be held on February 27," it said in a statement.

If need arises for a second round of balloting, it will be staged two weeks later.

Legislative polls to elect a new parliament have been scheduled for April 17.

This will be the fifth presidential battle since Benin introduced multiparty politics in 1991.

The election will be the first organised by the government of President Boni Yayi, a former international banker who swept into office in 2006.

He replaced General Mathieu Kerekou, who had dominated the political scene in Benin for 30 years, first as a military ruler and then as a democratically-elected head of state in the country of 8.9 million people.