2001 Beninese presidential election (Redirected from Beninese presidential election, 2001)

2001 Beninese presidential election

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Candidate Mathieu Kérékou Bruno Amoussou
Party FARD-Alafia Social Democratic
Popular vote 1,282,855 250,940
Percentage 83.64% 16.36%

President before election

Mathieu Kérékou

Elected President

Mathieu Kérékou

Presidential elections were held in Benin on 4 March 2001, with a second round run-off on 18 March. They controversially resulted in the re-election of Mathieu Kérékou for a second term. Kérékou's rival Nicéphore Soglo, who had been president from 1991 to 1996, failed in his bid to reclaim the presidency; although he qualified to participate in the second round of the election against Kérékou, he refused to do so, alleging electoral fraud. Adrien Houngbédji, the parliament speaker and third-placed candidate, also refused to participate in a second round. As a result, Kérékou faced fourth-place candidate Bruno Amoussou, who was planning minister and had already given his support to Kérékou, in the second round; Kérékou won an easy victory with 84% of the vote.

After the election, it was revealed that the Titan Corporation, a defense contractor based in the United States, had illegally provided $2 million to Kérékou's re-election campaign. The company pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $28.5 million in fines and civil penalties, the largest penalty under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act up to that point, for bribery and filing false tax returns.


CandidatePartyFirst roundSecond round
Mathieu KérékouAction Front for Renewal and Development1,127,10045.421,282,85583.64
Nicéphore SogloBenin Rebirth Party672,92727.12
Adrien HoungbédjiDemocratic Renewal Party313,18612.62
Bruno AmoussouSocial Democratic Party213,1368.59250,94016.36
Sacca LafiaUnion for Democracy and National Solidarity29,6561.20
François-Xavier LokoIndependent16,6560.67
Soulé DankoroDemocratic Party15,6140.63
Adébayo AbimbolaNational Rally for Democracy15,2510.61
Wallis ZoumarouNational Union for Solidarity and Progress13,5760.55
Rhétice DagbaIndependent12,6970.51
Marie-Elise GbèdoIndependent8,9520.36
Léandre DjagouéLiberal Democrats' Rally for National Reconstruction – Vivoten8,5650.35
Lionel AgboAfrican Congress of Democrats8,2260.33
Gatien HoungbédjiDemocratic Union for Social and Economic Development8,0920.33
Olofindji AkandéIndependent6,2580.25
Sadikou AlaoNational Alliance for a Democratic Alternative6,2230.25
François KouyamiIndependent5,4140.22
Valid votes2,481,52993.201,533,79589.82
Invalid/blank votes181,0666.80173,80910.18
Total votes2,662,595100.001,707,604100.00
Registered voters/turnout3,034,47187.743,152,36554.17
Source: African Elections Database

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