Thousands march in Benin to demand local elections

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Posted: Dec 11, 2014 9:34 AM

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets of Benin's largest city, demanding that the government schedule repeatedly delayed local elections.

Thursday's march through Cotonou, the West African nation's commercial capital, was organized by opposition parties upset that elections originally scheduled for March 2013 have not taken place. They were initially postponed until December 2013 because of issues with electoral lists. The government most recently promised to hold them before the end of 2014.

The march comes a day after a similar one in the capital, Porto-Novo.

Political tension over the local elections has been exacerbated by the fact that the opposition also suspects that President Boni Yayi is trying to change the constitution so he can run for a third term in 2016.