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Benin Postpones Presidential Run-Off to Wednesday


Benin has postponed its presidential run-off election to Wednesday to give election officials more time to prepare.

The West African nation's constitutional court Friday announced it had delayed the election, originally set for Sunday, by three days. The decision upholds a motion by the National Elections Commission calling for a postponement.

Political newcomer Yayi Boni won the first round of polls with 36 percent of the vote. The former head of the West African Development Bank will face off against former speaker of parliament Adrien Houngbedji, who took 24 percent in the initial balloting.

The two candidates are each trying to win endorsement from the 24 candidates who finished behind them. The winner will replace outgoing president Mathieu Kerekou.

President Kerekou, who is 72, is barred by constitutional term limits, as well as an age cap, from seeking re-election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.