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From Marxism to tycoon rule: Benin since independence
Paris, April 8, 2021 (AFP) - As protests spread in Benin in the run-up to Sunday's elections, this is a timeline of the West African country that critics say has slipped towards authoritarian rule under President Patrice Talon.
The Republic of Dahomey, as Benin was previously called, becomes independent on August 1, 1960 after nearly a century of French rule.
Dahomey's first leaders inherit a population largely divided by regional alleg ...