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Benin tells US recent comments on domestic affairs have ‘paternalistic’ tone

By Matthieu Millecamps
Posted on Wednesday, 28 April 2021 20:07

Benin's foreign affairs minister Aurélien Agbénonci on 12 May in Cotonou. C_AHOUNOU/AID

Benin's foreign minister Aurélien Agbénonci has made it clear to US ambassador Patricia Mahoney that Cotonou is not impressed by Washington's critic of the West African country for "numerous arrests of opposition political leaders."

In a message relayed on social media  on 23 April by the US Embassy in Benin, the US State Department said it was “concerned” about the “numerous arrests of opposition political leaders related to the 11 April presidential election”, during which Benin’s incumbent President Patrice Talon was re-elected in the first round.