The President of Benin, Patrice Talon, was sworn in after his election victory in April with more than 86 percent in opposition protests and after the elimination of the candidatures of his main rivals for a second term as the person responsible for the country.
Talon, who took office during a ceremony at the Charles de Gaulle Stadium in the capital, Porto Novo, has promised that this new mandate will be “very social” and emphasizes that the people’s motto is “freedom, democracy and” there must be good governance “, as reported by the newspaper” La Nouvelle Tribune “.
Hence, it has chosen “the well-being of all, especially the weakest”. “I hope, personally, that at the end of the term of office it will be determined that I have done my best for mutual satisfaction” before I realize that one of his goals is to improve access to drinking water for the whole population End of 2023.
The Beninese president also stressed that he would work to increase energy production, improve the road network, create a “more efficient health system” through restructuring and give the country’s schools “new impetus”.
On the other hand, he has shown that tourism, the modernization of agriculture for greater mechanization and the maintenance of good management of public finances will be among the axes of action of his policy in this second term.
Talon won the victory amid opposition protests denouncing that his term should have ended on April 6, the date he was sworn in in 2016. The date was postponed by a series of constitutional amendments and changes to the election calendar, which delayed the election.
The president started as a favorite against two light weight rivals after the candidacies of prominent opponents were removed, some of whom are in exile or have been condemned by the country’s courts, in part because of the aforementioned amendments that included a filter of support by parliamentarians and mayors.
This filter made it impossible for the opponents to take part in the elections, as Talon’s party has an absolute majority, as it prevailed without opposing candidates and with only 25 percent turnout in the 2019 parliamentary elections, which the opposition boycotted after many were excluded became opponents. The situation was repeated in the premises from 2020.
The situation has jeopardized the image of Benin as the banner of African democracy – the first in which a dictator resigned power after an electoral process – which enjoyed great calm and social peace for nearly three decades and which became the model in West Africa.