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Benin president’s party wins election but fails to get majority


The president, who likes to present himself as a “Mr Clean”, has announced plans to reform the constitution to end impunity for corruption by strengthening the justice system.

But the opposition insists the real motive of his constitutional amendment is to scrap a two-term limit on presidential mandates so that he can run again in 2016.

After voting last Sunday, Boni Yayi said he would no longer be “a candidate for anything” in the future.

A large majority would have allowed him a freer hand to carry out the constitutional amendments he wants before the end of his term.

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