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December 9, 2013
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Benin freed a former militant leader from Nigeria's oil-rich Delta region on Friday after a personal intervention by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a government spokesman said.
Civil society organisations in West Africa need to be more fully implicated in anti-drugs campaigns in a region which faces new challenges on both drugs trafficking and consumption. Both the coastlines of West Africa and the vast swathes of desert in the interior are now belong used by drugs traffickers, who have long established transit routes. Most of the narcotics come from Latin America, arriving by boat or plane.
Benin President Boni Yayi sacked his entire government on Friday "to breathe a new dynamic" into the 26-member cabinet, a statement from his office said.
After the heavy downpours of these past days, moving through Cotonou is becoming a nightmare; roads have been flooded and unusable, rising the anger of the populations.
Scientific Laboratory of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed after forensic analysis, the packaging of drugs and chemicals to be administered to the Benin President Boni Yayi through his personal physician, with the assistance of the niece of the president are toxic.
France is the 14th country in the world to authorize the marriage for all. In its former colonies they have a different opinion. What do the citizens of Benin think about the minorities’ rights, it is also the rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals to live openly?
In Benin, some young people are making quite a good living from selling on bits of scrap metal, often passing things on to scrap yard owners who in turn supply recycling factories.
The government of Benin is none too happy with the continuing proliferation of clandestine medical clinics. These have no legal status, are staffed by unqualified personnel and may offer the wrong medical advice and treatment to people thinking they are dealing with proper doctors.
The new arrangements for the electoral code currently being audited by the Parliament are antagonizing civil society organizations. Baccalaureat diploma is requested to become mayor or village headman
Former Beninese President Nicéphore Soglo has called for a mutually beneficial re-definition of the relationship between Africa and developed nations. Soglo, who currently serves as Mayor of Benin’s capital city Cotonou, also highlighted some major challenges facing African nations, citing the importance of African resources and the strategic role rural communities play in development of their nations.