Patrice Talon Sworn in as Benin’s President for Second Term

Patrice Talon (L) is handed a national flag during his swearing in as president of Benin at Charles de Gaulle Stadium in the capital Porto-Novo on April 6, 2016. Businessman Patrice Talon was sworn in as Benin’s new president after winning last month’s elections in the tiny West African country. / AFP PHOTO / YANICK FOLLY

President Patrice Talon has been sworn in as Benin’s President on Sunday in the political capital Porto-Novo for a second term in office.

He won the April 11 presidential election for a second term of office alongside vice-president Mariam Chabi Talata.

Patrice Talon took the oath of office before the Constitutional court chaired by Joseph Djogbenou on Sunday.

Djogbenou pronounced that the country acknowledged his swearing in and gave to hin the go-ahead to perform Presidential duties for the coming five years”,

While speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, President Talon called on the Beninoise population for national unity to ensure the development and the fight against poverty.

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“Our challenge and our guiding principle should be to silence our disagreements and concentrate ourselves on the essential: consolidate our march toward progress while remaining mobilized and together in our fight against poverty, our actual and only enemy”

Talon believes that the momentum he was calling for will enable Benin to achieve energy self-sufficiency within 30 months, nationwide free access to drinking water by end of 2023, the consolidation of democracy and sustainable strengthening of good governance.

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