World Bulletin/News Desk
Around a million people staged a protest on the Red Star Square at the heart of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin, to demand holding municipal elections by the end of this year, the legislative elections at the beginning of 2015, and the presidential elections during the first third of 2016.
A wide range of Benin's political forces, political parties and citizens took part in the protest where participants chanted slogans calling on the authorities to abide by their country's political agenda.
The protesters said there could be no democracy in their country without elections and that a political rule not backed by elections was tantamount to what they described as "despotism."
Benin's municipal elections should have been held during the year 2013 over the country's 77 municipalities. The elections were, however, postponed, but the authorities did not mention any reasons for taking this decision.
The country's independent election commission said in August that the municipal and local elections would be held by the end of this year upon request from the president.Last Mod: 29 Ekim 2014, 23:02