AU Commission - Benin : Statement by the President of the Commission on the legislative elections of 28 April 2019 in the Republic of Benin Addis Ababa, the 2nd of May 2019
The Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, takes note of the preliminary findings of the AU Mission which observed the legislative elections of 28 April 2019 in Benin. The Mission noted that the elections took place in a context marked by a breakdown of consensus within the political class, thus undermining the open, inclusive and competitive nature that has traditionally characterized electoral processes in Benin.
The President of the Commission regrets that the mediation initiatives undertaken to bring political positions closer together and to allow for a peaceful and inclusive vote have not produced the expected results. He emphasized that the current context
makes more than ever necessary a constructive dialogue to find solutions
Consensual to the challenges of the hour.
Also, he urges all the actors concerned to show restraint and a spirit of responsibility, in the best interests of Benin.