Provisional results: Benin president re-elected

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Posted: Mar 19, 2011 7:43 AM
Provisional results: Benin president re-elected

Provisional results show the president of Benin has won another term in the West African nation.

The country's electoral commission announced late Friday that President Thomas Boni Yayi had received more than 53 percent of the vote, giving him an absolute majority. That result now must be verified by Benin's constitutional court.

Yayi, who was first elected in 2006, faced 12 opposition candidates in his bid for a second term.

Benin is viewed as a rare example of democracy in a region of West Africa better known for coups.

His popularity has been hurt, however, by a Ponzi scheme scandal that touched numerous members of his administration and in which more than 100,000 people lost their savings.