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Former Benin President Under Virtual House Arrest, Lawyers Say

  • Boni Yayi led improvised protest against legislative vote
  • Judge of inquiry seeks hearing with ailing former leader

Benin has placed former President Thomas Boni Yayi under virtual house arrest following his support for protests against controversial legislative elections in April, according to his lawyers.

Political tension has run high in the West African nation since the vote in which only two parties loyal to President Patrice Talon were allowed to run. While judicial authorities are seeking to hear Yayi, the 67-year-old’s health is deteriorating and he needs medical attention first, his lawyers, Paul Kato Atita and Renaud Agbodjo, told reporters Saturday.