Benin. According to Countryaah.com, Benin population in 2020 is estimated at 12,123,211. President Thomas Boni Yayi reformed the government in August. He replaced other finance and defense ministers. The new ministers were considered to be close to the president, who is believed to be trying to strengthen his grip on the upcoming elections. In 2015 it is parliamentary elections and the following year is presidential elections. Yayi’s term expires in 2016.
Thousands of people demonstrated in late October in the city of Cotonou to hold delayed local elections. The government appealed for calm. Concerns have been bubbling since 2013 when the Election Commission announced that local elections could not be conducted as a result of problems in determining voting lengths. The protests were preceded by news from, among others, Yayi that the election was not possible to conduct in 2014. But a turnaround was noticed after the protests. Yayi met with the Election Commission to speed up the work. The turmoil in neighboring Burkina Faso that forced away that country’s longtime president Blaise Compaoré may have been recorded.
The investigation into a suspected conspiracy to poison the president, which was revealed in 2012, was closed in May. On TV, Yayi said he had pardoned businessman Patrice Talon, who had moved to France. Benin had tried in vain to have Talon surrendered. Talon had previously funded several of Yayi’s election campaigns. Yayi’s life doctor and a sibling were also pardoned.