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Benin, Turkey vow to boost bilateral ties

Benin, Turkey vow to boost bilateral ties ANKARA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Turkey and Benin signed on Wednesday several agreements during the official visit by Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi to Turkish capital of Ankara, in a bid to enhance the bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit of Benin president is expected to deepen cooperation between the two countries as part of Turkey's policy of " Partnership with Africa," a written statement on official website of Turkish presidency said.

French court blocks extradition of Benin poison plot suspect

A French court on Wednesday ruled against extraditing a businessman implicated in a plot to kill Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi. Patrice Talon, a successful Beninese businessman and one-time ally of the president, was accused in October 2012 of trying to kill Boni Yayi by switching his medication for poison. Talon, 55, fled his homeland, where he already faced graft accusations, and was arrested in France in December last year but released on bail.

Football: World Cup Africa zone results - 2nd update

World Cup Africa zone second round qualifying results Sunday: Group F At Nairobi Kenya 1 (Owino 5) Namibia 0 Group G At Harare Zimbabwe 1 (Mambare 42) Mozambique 1 (Maninho 60) Group H At Porto Novo Benin 2 (Pote 36, Babatunde 53) Rwanda 0 Group I At Yaounde Cameroon 1 (Chedjou 42) Libya 0 At Lome Togo 2 (Atakora 35, Aloenouvo 90+2) Democratic Republic of Congo 1 (Ebunga 81) Note: Cameroon qualify for third-round play-offs afp

Benin president scraps PM's post in new government

COTONOU (Reuters) - Benin President Boni Yayi has removed the post of prime minister in a new 26-member cabinet announced late on Sunday, fanning speculation about a leadership rift in the cotton-producing West African state. Yayi dismissed his entire government in a surprise move on Friday, declaring only that the decision was intended "to breathe a new dynamic" into the cabinet. He did not reappoint Pascal Koukpaki as premier or name any replacement.

Benin president sacks government

Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi has sacked his entire cabinet and will appoint a new one, his office said Friday. The president will announce the new line-up "shortly", said a statement, without giving a reason for the move. One presidential adviser said on condition of anonymity there were doubts about the loyalty of some ministers after a prominent businessman was charged with masterminding a plot to poison Yayi. "It is a clean sweep and few ministers from the sacked government will be reappointed," the adviser said.

Benin groups demand release of 'poison plot' accused

Civil society groups in Benin on Tuesday demanded the release of four people accused of trying to poison the president who remain jailed despite an appeals court ruling that dismissed the charges against them. The alleged "poison plot" against President Thomas Boni Yayi raised eyebrows in the small west African nation, with critics suggesting the charges were cooked up to silence one of the president's prominent rivals. Among the alleged accomplices who remain in jail are the president's niece, his personal doctor, a former commerce minister and his bodyguard.

Benin says it has thwarted attempted coup

Benin said Sunday that authorities have thwarted an attempt to oust President Thomas Boni Yayi and install a military regime in the west African nation. In a statement read to journalists, state prosecutor Justin Gbenameto said a colonel and businessman were arrested for plotting "to block the head of state from returning to Cotonou after his trip and to institute a military regime." Yayi, who recently completed a one-year term as chairman of the African Union, had travelled to Equatorial Guinea last month for a summit with South American leaders.

Benin says it has thwarted attempted coup

Benin said Sunday that authorities have thwarted an attempt to oust President Thomas Boni Yayi and install a military regime in the west African nation. In a statement read to journalists, state prosecutor Justin Gbenameto said a colonel and businessman were arrested for plotting "to block the head of state from returning to Cotonou after his trip and to institute a military regime." Yayi, who recently completed a one-year term as chairman of the African Union, had travelled to Equatorial Guinea last month for a summit with South American leaders.

Paris warns of kidnapping threat in Benin

Paris has warned visitors to the west African nation of Benin to be on high alert for possible revenge kidnappings or attacks over France's action in Mali. A travel advisory posted on the French foreign ministry's website says that France's intervention in Mali "may have repercussions on the security of French residents or tourists" in Benin and other nations in the 15-member ECOWAS bloc of west African states which includes Mali and Nigeria.
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