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Opposition Candidate wins Benin Presidential Election

Benin businessman Patrice Talon, known as the “king of cotton”, has been declared winner of a presidential run-off.

His only challenger, Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, conceded defeat earlier.

Mr Talon got 65% of the votes while Mr Zinsou secured 35%.

Meanwhile,  President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has congratulated the President-elect of Benin Republic, Mr Patrice Talon, on his electoral victory in the presidential run-off on Sunday, March 20, 2015, as announced by the Autonomous National Electoral Commission.

President Buhari also commended the Government and people of Benin Republic on the peaceful and orderly conduct of the presidential elections.

He salutes the courage and statesmanship of Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and presidential candidate of the ruling coalition, in upholding the democratic process by promptly congratulating his main challenger, Mr Talon, on his electoral victory.

 

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