Benin http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/35227/all en Paris warns of kidnapping threat in Benin http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/paris-warns-kidnapping-threat-benin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/paris-warns-kidnapping-threat-benin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Benin International relations Technology AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 16:45:47 +0000 5764336 at http://www.globalpost.com Benin says it has thwarted attempted coup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/benin-says-it-has-thwarted-attempted-coup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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."</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/benin-says-it-has-thwarted-attempted-coup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benin Politics Yayi Boni AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 18:00:20 +0000 5772245 at http://www.globalpost.com Benin says it has thwarted attempted coup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/benin-says-it-has-thwarted-attempted-coup-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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."</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/benin-says-it-has-thwarted-attempted-coup-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Benin Politics War Yayi Boni AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 18:45:47 +0000 5772287 at http://www.globalpost.com Benin groups demand release of 'poison plot' accused http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130709/benin-groups-demand-release-poison-plot-accused <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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. </p> <p>Among the alleged accomplices who remain in jail are the president's niece, his personal doctor, a former commerce minister and his bodyguard. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130709/benin-groups-demand-release-poison-plot-accused" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benin Business Hospitality Law Politics Yayi Boni AFP Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:32:05 +0000 5879427 at http://www.globalpost.com Benin president sacks government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130809/benin-president-sacks-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi has sacked his entire cabinet and will appoint a new one, his office said Friday.</p> <p>The president will announce the new line-up "shortly", said a statement, without giving a reason for the move.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>"It is a clean sweep and few ministers from the sacked government will be reappointed," the adviser said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130809/benin-president-sacks-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benin Yayi Boni AFP Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:46:22 +0000 5906305 at http://www.globalpost.com Benin president scraps PM's post in new government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130812/benin-president-scraps-pms-post-new-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130812/benin-president-scraps-pms-post-new-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benin Politics Yayi Boni Thomson Reuters Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:00:59 +0000 5908036 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: World Cup Africa zone results - 2nd update http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130908/football-world-cup-africa-zone-results-2nd-update <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>World Cup Africa zone second round qualifying results Sunday:</p> <p>Group F</p> <p>At Nairobi</p> <p>Kenya 1 (Owino 5) Namibia 0</p> <p>Group G</p> <p>At Harare</p> <p>Zimbabwe 1 (Mambare 42) Mozambique 1 (Maninho 60)</p> <p>Group H</p> <p>At Porto Novo</p> <p>Benin 2 (Pote 36, Babatunde 53) Rwanda 0</p> <p>Group I</p> <p>At Yaounde</p> <p>Cameroon 1 (Chedjou 42) Libya 0</p> <p>At Lome</p> <p>Togo 2 (Atakora 35, Aloenouvo 90+2) Democratic Republic of Congo 1 (Ebunga 81)</p> <p>Note: Cameroon qualify for third-round play-offs</p> <p>afp</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Benin AFP Sun, 08 Sep 2013 18:01:20 +0000 5927919 at http://www.globalpost.com French court blocks extradition of Benin poison plot suspect http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131204/french-court-blocks-extradition-benin-poison-plot-suspect <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A French court on Wednesday ruled against extraditing a businessman implicated in a plot to kill Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Talon, 55, fled his homeland, where he already faced graft accusations, and was arrested in France in December last year but released on bail.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131204/french-court-blocks-extradition-benin-poison-plot-suspect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benin Government Thomas Boni Yayi Yayi Boni AFP Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:32:53 +0000 6009289 at http://www.globalpost.com Benin, Turkey vow to boost bilateral ties http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131211/benin-turkey-vow-boost-bilateral-ties <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Benin, Turkey vow to boost bilateral ties</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131211/benin-turkey-vow-boost-bilateral-ties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benin Economic Community of West African States Republics Technology Xinhua News Agency Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:48:22 +0000 6016986 at http://www.globalpost.com Benin's president pardons 'poison plot' suspects http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140515/benins-president-pardons-poison-plot-suspects <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi has pardoned a prominent businessman and his alleged accomplices who were accused of conspiring to poison him and preparing a coup.</p> <p>Boni Yayi said in a televised address on Wednesday evening that he had pardoned his one-time ally Patrice Talon and everyone implicated in the alleged plot in October 2012 by switching his medication for poison.</p> <p>Talon fled the tiny west African nation where he was already facing corruption accusations and had been fighting extradition from France, where he was arrested in December 2012. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140515/benins-president-pardons-poison-plot-suspects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benin Thomas Boni Yayi Yayi Boni AFP Thu, 15 May 2014 13:34:13 +0000 6147629 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Poison plot' accused released from prison in Benin http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140520/poison-plot-accused-released-prison-benin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Six people pardoned by Benin's president over an alleged poisoning plot against him have been released from custody, their families and a lawyer said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Thomas Boni Yayi announced on Sunday that the six were cleared of any involvement. He also pardoned a prominent businessman, Patrice Talon, who had been fighting extradition from France.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140520/poison-plot-accused-released-prison-benin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benin Yayi Boni AFP Tue, 20 May 2014 13:09:19 +0000 6151745 at http://www.globalpost.com