Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Presidential Election in Benin

March 31, 2006

  1. The government of Japan extends congratulations to the people of the Republic of Benin as well as to Dr. Boni YAYI on the fact that the presidential election in the country has been conducted generally in a free, fair and peaceful manner and that Dr. Boni YAYI was elected as the next President.
  2. It is Japan's hope that under the leadership of the new President, Benin's democracy and socio-economic development will continue to be promoted, and that the country will play a more important role in ensuring peace and stability in the West African region.

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