Benin. According to
CountryAAH, the Kauri forces of an emerging Benin, an alliance
of about twenty parties supporting the new President Boni
Yayi, received 35 of Parliament's 83 seats in the March 31
election. A smaller alliance around former President
Nicéphore Soglo was given 20 seats. The former military
dictatorship and the one-party Marxist state of Benin are
often cited as a democratic example in Africa, but the
arrangements surrounding the elections have often been
flawed. So this time too, when the election has to be
postponed for a week due to poor preparation.
Shortly before the election, President Boni was subjected
to a murder attempt when a vehicle column he was traveling
in was shot. Several members of the party were injured, but
the president escaped. The perpetrators remained unknown.