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Introduction: Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on 1 August 1960, as the Republic of Benin. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was...

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People: The majority of Benin's 9 million people live in the south. The population is young, with a life expectancy of 59 years. About 42 African ethnic groups live in this country; these various groups settled in Benin at different times and also migrated within the country. Ethnic groups include the Yoruba in the southeast (migrated from Nigeria in the 12th century); the Dendi in the north-central area ...

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International Relations: Benin's proximity to Nigeria and its vital re-export trade to that country dominates its international relations. A Joint Nigeria-Benin Committee on Commerce was inaugurated in May 2005 to try to regulate the trade. Five Beninese companies were authorised to export their products to Nigeria following Nigeria's decision to lift an earlier import ban on textiles, cottonseed, palm and vegetable oils. These restrictions had caused friction between the 2 countries since both are members of ECOWAS, which is founded on principles of free trade. The other important relationship which Benin has is with its francophone neighbours through their common ...

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