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Record 33 Candidates Vying for Benin Presidency

Benin goes to the polls Sunday to choose a new president, and the ballot is long – a record 33 candidates. Incumbent Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down after serving his maximum of two terms. One front-runner among Benin’s nearly three dozen presidential candidates is current prime minister Lionel Zinsou, who helms a coalition of three political parties. It’s a distinct advantage, says regional political analyst and director of the Wathi think tank Gilles Yabi. He says Zinsou has the...

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