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List of heads of state of Benin

 

List of heads of state of Benin

President of the
Republic of Benin
Incumbent
Thomas Boni Yayi

since 6 April 2006
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Hubert Maga
Formation 31 December 1960
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Benin
Foreign relations

This is a list of Presidents of Benin (formerly Dahomey) since the formation of the post of President in 1960, to the present day.

A total of seven people have served as President (not counting two Acting Presidents, several interim military officeholders and a collective presidency). Additionally, one person, Mathieu Kérékou, has served on two non-consecutive occasions.

Contents

  • Presidents of Benin 1
    • Republic of Dahomey 1.1
    • People's Republic of Benin 1.2
    • Republic of Benin 1.3
  • Footnotes 2
  • Latest election 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5

Presidents of Benin

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Republic of Dahomey

Status
  Denotes Acting Head of State
President Term of office Political party
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Took office Left office Duration
1 Hubert Maga
(1916–2000)
1 August 1960 28 October 1963
(Deposed)
3 years, 88 days Dahomeyan Democratic Rally
Christophe Soglo
(1909–1983)[1]
28 October 1963 25 January 1964 89 days Military
2 Sourou-Migan Apithy
(1913–1989)
25 January 1964 27 November 1965
(Resigned)
1 year, 306 days Democratic Party
Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin
(1917–2002)
27 November 1965 29 November 1965 2 days Democratic Party
Tahirou Congacou
(1913–1994)
29 November 1965 22 December 1965
(Deposed)
23 days Democratic Party
3 Christophe Soglo
(1909–1983)
22 December 1965 19 December 1967
(Deposed)
1 year, 362 days Military
Jean-Baptiste Hachème
(1929–1998)[2]
19 December 1967 20 December 1967 1 day Military
Maurice Kouandété
(1932–2003)[3]
20 December 1967 21 December 1967 1 day Military
Alphonse Alley
(1930–1987)[3]
21 December 1967 17 July 1968 209 days Military
4 Émile Derlin Zinsou
(1918–)
17 July 1968 10 December 1969
(Deposed)
1 year, 146 days Independent
Maurice Kouandété
(1932–2003)[4]
10 December 1969 13 December 1969 3 days Military
Paul-Émile de Souza
(1930–1999)[5]
13 December 1969 7 May 1970 145 days Military
Hubert Maga
(1916–2000)[6]
7 May 1970 7 May 1972 2 years, 0 days Dahomeyan Democratic Rally
Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin
(1917–2002)[6]
7 May 1972 26 October 1972
(Deposed)
172 days Democratic Party
5 Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
26 October 1972 30 November 1975 3 years, 35 days Military

People's Republic of Benin

President Term of office Political party
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Took office Left office Duration
(5) Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
30 November 1975 1 March 1990 14 years, 120 days Military /
People's Revolutionary Party of Benin

Republic of Benin

President Term of office Political party
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Took office Left office Duration
(5) Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
1 March 1990 4 April 1991 1 year, 34 days People's Revolutionary Party of Benin
6 Nicéphore Soglo
(1934–)
4 April 1991 4 April 1996 5 years, 0 days Benin Rebirth Party
(5) Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
4 April 1996 6 April 2006 10 years, 2 days Action Front for Renewal and Development
7 Thomas Boni Yayi
(1952–)
6 April 2006 Incumbent 10 years, 100 days Independent

Footnotes

  1. ^ Styled as Head of the Provisional Government
  2. ^ Styled as Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee
  3. ^ a b Styled as Head of State
  4. ^ Styled as Chief of Staff of the Army
  5. ^ Styled as Chairman of the Directory
  6. ^ a b Styled as Chairman of the Presidential Council

Latest election

Candidate Party Votes %
Yayi Boni Independent 1,579,550 53.14
Adrien Houngbédji Democratic Renewal Party 1,059,396 35.64
Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané Independent 182,484 6.14
Salifou Issa Union for Relief 37,219 1.25
Christian Enock Lagnidé Independent 19,221 0.65
François Janvier Yahouédéhou Patriotic Revival Party 16,591 0.56
Jean-Yves Sinzogan Independent 13,561 0.46
Akuavi Marie-Elise Christiana Gbèdo Independent 12,017 0.40
Victor Prudent Topanou Party for Republican Union 11,516 0.39
Késsilé Tchala Saré Independent 9,469 0.32
Cyr Kouagou M'po Independent 9,285 0.31
Antoine Dayori Hope Force 8,426 0.28
Salomon Joseph Ahissou Biokou Independent 7,893 0.27
Joachim Dahissiho Independent 5,817 0.20
Invalid/blank votes 139,388
Total 3,111,833 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,668,558 84.8
Source: African Elections Database

See also

External links

  • World Statesmen (Benin)
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