Benin’s president Yayi facing growing opposition

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — A surprise government reshuffle and a growing protest movement have exacerbated political tensions in the tiny West African nation of Benin, where President Thomas Boni Yayi accused the country’s richest man of plotting to poison him last year.

For five consecutive Wednesdays, hundreds of people in the capital have donned bright red T-shirts, caps and headbands to signal their solidarity with the Red Wednesday movement, which accuses Yayi of seeking to remove term limits set by the constitution.

Analysts say a deepening sense of uncertainty risks undermining Benin’s reputation as a stable democracy in a tumultuous corner of the world. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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