Benin's Premier Leads Presidential Vote With 28% of Ballots

Benin’s presidential election will probably go to a run-off between Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and businessman Patrice Talon as none of the 33 candidates won a majority in the March 6 vote.

Zinsou won 28.4 percent of votes, while Talon got 24.8 percent, the West African nation’s electoral commission told reporters early Wednesday. Voter turnout was 64 percent. The results have to be validated by the constitutional court before they are considered final.

Benin’s electoral code stipulates that the second round is to be held within 15 days, but the commission hasn’t yet announced the date.

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