Presidential rival banned from Benin’s elections


A leading opposition figure in Benin has been barred from taking part in any election over the next four years and ordered to pay a fine of $8,200 (£6,300), for overspending on his 2016 presidential election campaign.

Lionel Zinsou will not able to stand in next year’s presidential election as a result, unless he successfully challenges the court of appeal’s verdict.

Mr Zinzou’s lawyer, Robert Dossou, told Jeune Afrique news site: “Their aim is clear – they want to make Lionel Zinsou ineligible.

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Those in power want to push aside any credible potential candidate for the 2021 presidential election.”

Benin’s government has always denied this. Last month, Justice Minister Séverin Quenum told the same news site that the country’s judicial system was not being misused for political ends.

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