Two killed by police in post polemic elections

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Police in Benin are reported to have killed at least two protester following post election violence. The protest follows controversial parliamentary elections in which no opposition party was represented. In the second day of the protests, police fired life bullets and teargas.

Former president Boni Yayi led calls for a boycott of the ballot which say a very low turnout. In a move to prevent opposition candidates from contesting in the election, the government of President Patrice Talon instituted tough new eligibility criteria. This prompted more than three-quarters of the country’s five million registered voters stayed at home.

Pan-Africanist movements across Africa see the actions of the government of Benin as a threat to political and economic progress in Africa

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