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Benin's president says will step aside in 2016 to 'respect the constitution'

Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi's decision not to try extend his rule sets him apart from many African leadersBoni Yayi’s decision not to try extend his rule sets him apart from many African leaders, such as Republic of Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, all of whom have been in power for decades. Sassou Nguesso, who has spent three decades in the top job since 1979, recently pushed through a new constitution allowing him seek a controversial third consecutive term in elections next year.

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