Beninese presidential election, 2011

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Presidential elections were held in Benin on 13 March 2011 after being postponed twice from 27 February and 6 March 2011.[1] Incumbent President Yayi Boni ran for re-election against thirteen other candidates, including former National Assembly head and political veteran Adrien Houngbédji and Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané, president of the West African Development Bank.[2] He won 53.18% of the vote, enough to win a second term without a run-off. It is the first time since the restoration of democracy in Benin that a candidate has won the presidency in a single round. A second round run-off would have been held on 27 March 2011 if it had been necessary.[3]


Adrien Houngbédji

Adrien Houngbédji, leader of the Democratic Renewal Party and runner-up to Boni in 2006, pledged to increase employment in the country's agriculture sector by investing 14 billion CFA francs ($28 million) in buying tractors and other heavy equipment for Beninese farmers. He also pledged to create an agricultural bank and lower the national income tax.[4]


Candidate Party Votes %
Yayi BoniIndependent1,579,55053.14
Adrien HoungbédjiDemocratic Renewal Party1,059,39635.64
Abdoulaye Bio-TchanéIndependent182,4846.14
Salifou IssaUnion for Relief37,2191.25
Christian Enock LagnidéIndependent19,2210.65
François Janvier YahouédéhouPatriotic Revival Party16,5910.56
Jean-Yves SinzoganIndependent13,5610.46
Marie-Elise GbèdoIndependent12,0170.40
Victor Prudent TopanouParty for Republican Union11,5160.39
Késsilé Tchala SaréIndependent9,4690.32
Cyr Kouagou M'poIndependent9,2850.31
Antoine DayoriHope Force8,4260.28
Salomon Joseph Ahissou BiokouIndependent7,8930.27
Joachim DahissihoIndependent5,8170.20
Invalid/blank votes139,388
Registered voters/turnout3,668,55884.8
Source: African Elections Database


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