33 CANDIDATES EYE BENIN’S PRESIDENCY

Benin republic goes to the polls Sunday to choose a new president, with a record 33 candidates.

Incumbent Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down after serving his maximum of two terms.

One front-runner among Benin’s nearly three dozen presidential candidates is current Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, who heads a coalition of three political parties.

His top challengers include food industry magnate, Sébastien Ajavon and cotton tycoon, Patrice Talon.

Talon broke with President Boni Yayi after he accused talon of trying to poison him.

Talon only returned to Benin last year following a presidential pardon.

If no candidate wins a clear majority Sunday, Benin will hold a run-off election two weeks later.

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