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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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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