Benin replaces interior minister amid savings scandal

21:14, July 14, 2010      

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Benin's former interior minister Armand Zinzindohoue, who was dismissed last week, has been replaced by Martial Sounton amid a savings scandal leading to the arrest of several officials, the government sources told Xinhua on Tuesday night.

The new interior minister, 46, is an economist. The same source told Xinhua that he is a member of the Forces for Emerging Benin (FCBE), which is the same political family that the country's President Boni Yayi comes from.

His predecessor Zinzindohoue has been under arrest since Monday for his suspected involvement in a scandal dubbed ICC-Services, which saw swindling of savings of thousands of Benin's citizens.

A crisis commission set up by the government is on the ground to try and recover the money and compensate those who might have lost their savings.

Other than the detained interior minister, several other personalities, civilians and military officers are being held by the police for questioning.

Source: Xinhua


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