Benin presidential election set for second round

Cotton tycoon and Benin presidential candidate Patrice Talon (R) flanked by supporters waves during a rally in Benin's capital Cotonou on March 4, 2016Benin’s presidential election looks set to be a second round run-off between Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and businessman Patrice Talon, the country’s electoral commission indicated on Tuesday. Zinsou won 28.4 percent of votes in Sunday’s first round, with Talon on 24.8 percent of ballots and business leader Sebastien Ajavon third with 23.03 percent in a record field of 33 candidates. Electoral commission president Emmanuel Tiando announced the polling in the early hours of Tuesday.

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