Beninese President Patrice Talon announced Thursday night the “Withdrawal of foreign exchange reserves of the CFA franc” that are in France and his wish to see the return of former President Boni Yayi, currently in exile.
“We unanimously agree on this, to end this model,” said President Talon in an interview with RFI and France 24, saying that this model was foremost a “Psychological problem” and not “Technical”.
The Beninese head of state has also made a gesture of appeasement of the political crisis which agitates the country since the legislative elections of April, to which the opposition could not present lists of candidates.
Patrice Talon “Wished” the “Return to Benin” of former President Boni Yayi, who is currently in exile after his home in Cotonou was surrounded for nearly two months by the police.
“Boni Yayi was involved in what happened” during the post-election violence that began on May 1 in Cotonou and killed several people by bullets, according to the head of state, who added “To have made understand. Earlier in the day, the Beninese president, strongly criticized for launching an authoritarian turning point in a country deemed to be a democratic model in West Africa, promulgated the new Constitution, already unanimously approved by Parliament and the Constitutional Court. Among the reforms, it is impossible to make”more than two presidential terms for life”, which already excludes a potential candidacy of former President Yayi.
The presidential election of 2021 would depend on the “state of mind” of Talon Parliament has also validated an amnesty procedure, which allows not to prosecute the former head of state, or against the police who have, according to President Talon, acts to protect themselves.
President Talon assured that his own presidential candidacy of 2021 would depend on his “state of mind”, “political environment” and reform to “strengthen political parties”.