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Benin’s former president Mathieu Kerekou dies at 82

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Mathieu Kerekou. Photo; news.abidjan

Mathieu Kerekou. Photo; news.abidjan

Benin’s former president Mathieu Kerekou, who ruled the tiny west African nation for a total of 30 years after a coup then democratic elections, died on Wednesday, the government announced. He was 82.

“I announce with regret and deep sadness the death on Wednesday October 14 of President-General Mathieu Kerekou at about 1:30 pm (1230 GMT),” President Thomas Boni Yayi said in a statement.


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