Benin: New law requires Presidential aspirants to pay $450k fee

BY: bbc.com
Benin: New law requires Presidential aspirants to pay $450k fee
Benin: New law requires Presidential aspirants to pay $450k fee

A former president of Benin has strongly criticised a new law which requires anyone wanting to stand in presidential elections to pay the equivalent of around $450,000 (£340,000).

Nicephore Soglo, who was president in the 1990s, described the recently-approved law as brutal and clumsy.

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Nicephore Soglo was president between 1991 and 1996

He said President Patrice Talon's government was excluding anyone who was young, poor or disadvantaged.


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Provided Benin's constitutional court confirms the law, parties will need to pay a similar fee to take part in parliamentary elections.

The next elections are due in 2020.

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