Benin president Talon wins re-election

Virgile AhissouAAP
Benin's President Patrice Talon has been re-elected, preliminary results from Sunday's poll show.
Camera IconBenin's President Patrice Talon has been re-elected, preliminary results from Sunday's poll show. Credit: EPA

President Patrice Talon has been re-elected with a majority of votes cast in Benin's presidential election, according to provisional results released by the national electoral commission.

Talon received more than 86.3 per cent of the votes cast on Sunday.

Allasane Soumanou got about 11.3 per cent and Corentin Kohou came in third with 2.3 per cent, according to provisional results released on Tuesday.

Voter participation stood at about 50 per cent, according to the electoral commission.

The results must now be validated by the Constitutional Court.

The run-up to Benin's presidential election was marred by violent demonstrations in the West African nation.

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