European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the presidential elections in Benin

Bruxelles, 21/03/2016 - 22:58, UNIQUE ID: 160321_01
Statements by the Spokesperson

A second round of voting has brought the presidential elections in Benin to a close. On the basis of information in his possession, the candidate Lionel Zinsou has already congratulated Mr Patrice Talon on his victory.

This gesture, in addition to the large voter turnout, confirms the country's strong democratic foundations. The proper conduct of the elections and the respect for the constitutional provisions concerning the number of presidential terms reinforces the image of Benin as a proponent of the African Union and ECOWAS principles of democratic governance.

Pending a detailed announcement of the results, the EU is continuing to monitor the process, in particular through its Election Expert Mission.

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