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    Benin Government - 2006
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    SOURCE: 2006 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 Yayi BONI (since 6 April 2006); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Yayi BONI (since 6 April 2006); 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 19 March 2006 (next to be held March 2011)
      election results: Yayi BONI elected president; percent of vote - Yayi BONI 74.5%, Adrien HOUNGBEDJI 25.5%

      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 (UBF, MADEP, FC, Alliance MDC-PC-CPP, IPD, AFP, MDS, RDP) 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:
      Alliance of Progress Forces or AFP; African Movement for Democracy and Progress or MADEP [Sefou FAGBOHOUN]; Democratic Renewal Party or PRD [Adrien HOUNGBEDJI]; Impulse for Progress and Democracy or IPD; Key Force or FC; Movement for Development and Solidarity or MDS; Movement for Development by the Culture-Salute Party-Congress of People for Progress Alliance or Alliance MDC-PS-CPP; New Alliance or NA; Rally for Democracy and Progress or RDP; Renaissance Party du Benin or RB [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, CEMAC, ECOWAS, Entente, FAO, FZ, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITU, MIGA, MINUSTAH, MONUC, NAM, OIC, OIF, ONUB, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNMIS, 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 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Benin Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Benin Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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