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Benin presidential election a model for Africa





Incumbent Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou conceded defeat earlier on Monday before the commission announced the official results.

"I called Patrice Talon tonight to congratulate him on his victory and wish him luck," Zinsou said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Some 4.7 million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the vote to elect a successor to Benin's outgoing President Thomas Boni Yayi.

He is bowing out after serving a maximum two five-year terms, marking him out from many African leaders who have tried to change their country's constitution to stay in power.

“There have been hardy celebrations across Benin’s commercial capital of Cotonou by supporters of Patrice Talon,” said FRANCE 24’s correspondent Katerina Vitozzi.

Zinsou finished first in the first round of elections held on March 6 with 27.1 percent of the vote, compared to 23.5 percent for Talon.

The prime minister, who was a candidate for Boni Yayi's Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE), was seen as the frontrunner with the support of most lawmakers in parliament.

But Talon, a 57-year-old entrepreneur who made his money in cotton and running Cotonou's port, billed himself as the authentic Beninese candidate and repeatedly attacked his opponent's dual French nationality.

From humble beginnings in the coastal town of Ouidah, he rose to become one of the most powerful men in Beninese business and bankrolled Boni Yayi's successful 2006 and 2011 presidential campaigns.

But he fled to exile in France after being accused of masterminding an alleged plot to poison the president in 2012, and only returned last October after receiving a presidential pardon.

His success and taste for luxury have attracted support from many young Beninese, who hope he can create jobs and wealth on a national scale.

His major challenges will be tackling high youth unemployment, corruption and improving health and education in the country of 10.6 million people.

Diversifying an economy that largely relies on agriculture, trade and exports with its neighbour to the east, Nigeria, will also be high on the agenda.

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