Political Dynamics in Benin,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF EXTERNAL RESEARCH
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Ethnic and regional differences have been little in evidence in Benin since Kerekous takeover in 1972. This is mainly because under the present regime there is no open political competition elections in which regional leaders mobilize sections of populations against the prospective or actual domination by a leader from another region. The roots of such negative attitudes towards other regions reach back in time to the slave trade, to ensuing regional wars, and to colonial times. There are no such historical memories towards either the military or the Marxist ideology. A return to civilian rule and open democratic competition would assure the reemergence of ethnic hostilities unless all candidates for the Presidency could be seen by the population as ethnically neutral. Such an eventuality is unlikely if the electoral competition is genuinely open.
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