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UPDATED: 09:35, April 07, 2007
Beninese president's coalition takes lead in legislative elections: CENA
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The coalition of parties backed by Beninese President Boni Yayi took the lead of legislative elections with provisional results established on 93.53 percent of the vote counted by the national electoral commission (CENA), according to news on Friday.

These results, announced on Thursday by CENA's president Eugene Capo-Chichi, the coalition of some 20 parties backing Yayi, Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin, was in lead with 22.51 percent of votes which had already been counted, while Alliance for Dynamism and Democracy of former president Nicephore Soglo held the second position at 16.93 percent, and Democratic Revival Party (PRD) the third at 9.82 percent.

"CENA immediately passed on the results to the constitutional court to be able to announce the definite results in a few days," Capo-Chichi said in a statement Thursday night at the headquarters of CENA in Cotonou, economic capital of Benin.

Voter participation was estimated by the CENA at 58.69 percent, which is lower than estimates published recently by local press.

About 4 million people cast ballots during Saturday's elections to choose 83 members of parliament among 2,158 candidates representing 24 parties or coalitions of political parties.

Source: Xinhua

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