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    Benin Government - 2005
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    SOURCE: 2005 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Benin
      conventional short form: Benin
      local long form: Republique du Benin
      local short form: Benin
      former: Dahomey

      Government type:
      republic under multiparty democratic rule; dropped Marxism-Leninism December 1989

      Capital:
      Porto-Novo is the official capital; Cotonou is the seat of government

      Administrative divisions:
      12 departments; Alibori, Atakora, Atlantique, Borgou, Collines, Kouffo, Donga, Littoral, Mono, Oueme, Plateau, Zou

      Independence:
      1 August 1960 (from France)

      National holiday:
      National Day, 1 August (1960)

      Constitution:
      December 1990

      Legal system:
      based on French civil law and customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Mathieu KEREKOU (since 4 April 1996); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Mathieu KEREKOU (since 4 April 1996); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president
      elections: president reelected by popular vote for a five-year term; runoff election held 22 March 2001 (next to be held March 2006)
      election results: Mathieu KEREKOU reelected president; percent of vote - Mathieu KEREKOU 84.1%, Bruno AMOUSSOU 15.9%
      note: the four top-ranking contenders following the first-round presidential elections were: Mathieu KEREKOU (incumbent) 45.4%, Nicephore SOGLO (former president) 27.1%, Adrien HOUNGBEDJI (National Assembly Speaker) 12.6%, and Bruno AMOUSSOU (Minister of State) 8.6%; the second-round balloting, originally scheduled for 18 March 2001, was postponed four days because both SOGLO and HOUNGBEDJI withdrew alleging electoral fraud; this left KEREKOU to run against his own Minister of State, AMOUSSOU, in what was termed a "friendly match"

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (83 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 30 March 2003 (next to be held March 2007)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - Presidential Movement 52, opposition (PRB, PRD, E'toile, and 5 other small parties) 31

      Judicial branch:
      Constitutional Court or Cour Constitutionnelle; Supreme Court or Cour Supreme; High Court of Justice

      Political parties and leaders:
      African Congress for Renewal or DUNYA [Saka SALEY]; African Movement for Democracy and Progress or MADEP [Sefou FAGBOHOUN]; Alliance of the Social Democratic Party or PSD [Bruno AMOUSSOU]; Coalition of Democratic Forces [Gatien HOUNGBEDJI]; Democratic Renewal Party or PRD [Adrien HOUNGBEDJI]; Front for Renewal and Development or FARD-ALAFIA [Jerome Sakia KINA]; Impulse for Progress and Democracy or IPD [Bertin BORNA]; Key Force or FC [leader NA]; Presidential Movement (UBF, MADEP, FC, IDP, and four small parties); Renaissance Party du Benin or PRB [Nicephore SOGLO]; The Star Alliance (Alliance E'toile) [Sacca LAFIA]; Union of Tomorrow's Benin or UBF [Bruno AMOUSSOU]
      note: approximately 20 additional minor parties

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AU, ECOWAS, Entente, FAO, FZ, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (correspondent), ITU, MIGA, MINUSTAH, MONUC, NAM, OIC, ONUB, OPCW, UN, UN Security Council (temporary), UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNOCI, UPU, WADB (regional), WAEMU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Cyrille Segbe OGUIN
      chancery: 2124 Kalorama Road NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 232-6656
      FAX: [1] (202) 265-1996

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Wayne NEILL
      embassy: Rue Caporal Bernard Anani, Cotonou
      mailing address: 01 B. P. 2012, Cotonou
      telephone: [229] 30-06-50
      FAX: [229] 30-06-70

      Flag description:
      two equal horizontal bands of yellow (top) and red (bottom) with a vertical green band on the hoist side


      NOTE: The information regarding Benin on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Benin Government 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Benin Government 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.







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