Nearly 5.5 million voters were asked to vote on Sunday. At the beginning of the week, protests and strong tensions shook the central and northern parts of the country.
A torrential rain hit Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. It was about 30 minutes before Patrice Talon voted in the Zogo district at about 9:30 in the morning, facing two close parties with him. The unknown candidates of the United States-the elderly MPs Allasane Soumanou and Corentin Kohoué are the only ones allowed to run-the outgoing president will be guaranteed a second re-election. On Sunday, April 11, even the sky looked beautiful (in Benin, rain is considered a good sign).
In a special operation, Patrice Eagleclaw, in the final days of the 2016 election, said that he expected a victory in the first round. “The Beninese will choose the plan that best meets their expectations, He said, leaving the polling station. Benin is characterized by its long-term expertise in electoral matters. “ In recent days, violence has disrupted democratic traditions.
At the beginning of this week, demonstrations and tensions shook the central and northern parts of the country, condemning the outgoing president for confiscation of votes. On Thursday, the army removed the roadblocks and fired live ammunition, clearing the road. At least 2 civilians were killed in Sawi and Banthe provinces, and 5 others were injured.
On Friday, the European Union, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States passed their Benin embassy “Call for an end to this violence and restore calm” And said “Their solidarity with the victims”. The next day, in Tchaourou, the hometown of former President Thomas Boni Yayi, he became hostile to Patrice Talon.According to sources, the streets of the town of Savè “Almost empty” At the beginning of the day. Of the four polling stations visited by an Agence France-Presse reporter, none of them opened at 9 am and no election materials were deployed, while security forces and military personnel patrolled.
“These incidents are regrettable, The president said that his thumb was darkened by the indelible vote. But despite intimidation and poisoning, citizens can still vote [la veille du scrutin, du matériel électoral n’avait pu être acheminé dans le nord du pays]. The manipulated children were controlled by the expertise of our police…Two police officers were also injured. Building a country is difficult. It is also consistent, especially when reforms are being carried out. Today’s vote is crucial. “