n African Security Review - Benin : under new management : Africa watch

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... African Security Review 15.1 Institute for Security Studies Benin: Under new management Richard Cornwell* In the middle of the 1970s there were few observers who would have predicted that Benin would come to provide Africa with examples of peaceful political transition. Benin's ethno-regionally fractured polity traditionally has pitched the south-east, south-west and north of the country into a bitter rivalry for national political power. Throughout the 1960s the army had frequently intervened to break the political deadlock created by civilian administrations, and in 1972 Mathieu K?r?kou seized power and then sought to broaden his appeal to the militant student ..

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