Election fever has hit Benin. In the economic capital, Cotonou, more and more posters advertising the April 11 presidential election appear daily. One image, though, dominates: that of the current president, Patrice Talon. Against a blue background, he and running mate Mariam Chabi Talata are visible to every one of Cotonou’s 800,000 residents. Like the United States, the West African country nominates pairs to run for the presidency, and if Talon is reelected, Chabi Talata will be vice president. “We have come a long way, we will go far” is the pitch by Talon and his running mate For Flora Agoudavi, this is a foregone conclusion. She and hundreds of other supporters have come to a campaign rally in front of the congress buildings on the coastal road Boulevarde de la Marina. They wave flags bearing their candidate’s face, and wait patiently for his address. “When the president kicks off his campaign, I have to be there,” she said. For Talon’s next term, Agoudavi hopes that women will get increased access to smaller loans. “He should make it happen,” she said. “That’s why I’m giving him a second chance.” Talon’s supports want more from a potential second term in office A second term… Read full this story
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