Court confirms re-election of Benin's president

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 6:46 AM
Court confirms re-election of Benin's president

Benin's constitutional court says the incumbent president has won another term in the West African nation.

The court on Monday confirmed provisional results that gave President Thomas Boni Yayi an absolute majority with more than 53 percent of the vote.

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.