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    Benin Government 1998

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

      Data code BN

      Government type republic under multiparty democratic rule; dropped Marxism-Leninism December 1989; democratic reforms adopted February 1990; transition to multiparty system completed 4 April 1991

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

      Administrative divisions 6 departments; Atakora, Atlantique, Borgou, Mono, Oueme, Zou

      Independence 1 August 1960 (from France)

      National holiday National Day, 1 August (1990)

      Constitution 2 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; Prime Minister Adrien HOUNGBEDJI (since 9 April 1996) acts as assistant to the president; a prime minister is not provided for in the constitution but was appointed by President KEREKOU with the permission of the constitutional court
      cabinet: Council of Ministers headed by the prime minister; all are appointed by the president
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 18 March 1996 (next to be held March 2001)
      election results: Mathieu KEREKOU elected president; percent of vote - Mathieu KEREKOU 52.49%, Nicephore SOGLO 47.51%

      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 28 March 1995 (next to be held NA 1999)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - RB 20, PRD 19, FARD-ALAFIA 10, PSD 7, NCC 3, RDL-VIVOTEN 3, PCB 2, AC 1, RDP 1, other 17

      Judicial branch Constitutional Court or Cour Constitutionnelle, Supreme Court or Cour Supreme, High Court of Justice

      Political parties and leaders Alliance of the National Party for Democracy and Development or PNDD and the Democratic Renewal Party or PRD [Pascal Chabi KAO]; Action for Renewal and Development or FARD-ALAFIA [Mathieu KEREKOU]; Alliance of the Social Democratic Party or PSD and the National Union for Solidarity and Progress or UNSP [Bruno AMOUSSOU]; Alliance Chameleon or AC; Alliance for Democracy and Progress or ADP [Adekpedjon AKINDES]; Alliance for Social Democracy or ASD [Robert DOSSOU]; Liberal Democrats' Rally for National Reconstruction-Vivoten or RDL-Vivoten [Severin ADJOVI]; Communist Party of Benin or PCB [Pascal TODJINOU, first secretary]; Our Common Cause or NCC [Albert TEVOEDJRE]; Rally for Democracy and Progress or RDP; The Renaissance Party of Benin or RB [Nicephore SOGLO]
      note: as of February 1996, more than 80 political parties were officially recognized

      International organization participation ACCT, ACP, AfDB, ECA, ECOWAS, Entente, FAO, FZ, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ITU, MIPONUH, NAM, OAU, OIC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WADB, WAEMU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Lucien Edgar TONOUKOUIN
      chancery: 2737 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 232-6656, 6657, 6658
      FAX: [1] (202) 265-1996

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador John M. YATES
      embassy: Rue Caporal Bernard Anani, Cotonou
      mailing address: B. P. 2012, Cotonou
      telephone: [229] 30-06-50, 30-05-13, 30-17-92
      FAX: [229] 30-14-39, 30-19-74

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

      NOTE: The information regarding Benin on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Benin Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Benin Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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