PORTO NOVO, 5 April 2021 – Beninese President Patrice Talon is seen to be well-positioned to win re-election when citizens of Benin go to the polls next April 11.
Talon’s victory is said to be almost certain with the opposition divided and sidelined.
Despite promising during his first run to govern only for one term, Talon has long gone back on his word.
Observers and diplomats in the Beninese capital, Porto Novo, and in the economic capital, Cotonou, believe Talon is headed for victory.
On two occasions, President Talon failed to win support for a constitutional amendment that would have limited tenure for the position of president to just one term.
Parliament rejected draft bills proposing the amendment.
Talon successfully reformed the country’s electoral code and a charter for political parties, which analysts insist benefits the incumbent.
“Rather than benefit democracy, these reforms strengthened Talon’s hand,” democracy activists in Porto Novo have told reporters.