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Benin Announces Presidential Run-Off Vote


Benin's Constitutional Court says the two leading candidates from a recent presidential vote will compete in a run-off later this month.

The court issued final vote results Wednesday, showing that former banker Yayi Boni won 36 percent of the ballots while former Prime Minister Adrien Houngbedji got 24 percent.

Court officials say a date for the run-off vote is not yet decided, but it likely will take place in the coming weeks.

Authorities noted there were some problems in the voting, but said they did not affect the validity of the results. More than three million voters took part in the March 5 ballot.

The winner of the upcoming run-off vote will replace 72-year-old President Mathieu Kerekou, who was barred by age limits from seeking re-election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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