Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin

Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin
Forces Cauris pour un Bénin émergent
ChairmanJanvier Yahouédéou [fr]
Secretary-GeneralTimothée Zannou
Liberalism[citation needed]
Political positionCentre[citation needed]
National Assembly of Benin
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Website (archived)

The Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (French: Forces Cauris pour un Bénin émergent, FCBE) is a political party of Benin, formed by supporters of president Yayi Boni. In the parliamentary election held on 31 March 2007, the party won 35 out of 83 seats. The party expanded its plurality to 41 seats in the 2011 election that followed the contested reelection of Yayi Boni as president.

After President Boni Yayi had served maximum two five-year terms, Lionel Zinsou, the candidate for Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE), lost the March 2016 presidential election to Patrice Talon.

A controversial new electoral code introduced in July 2018 saw the party fail to be validated to run in the 2019 Beninese parliamentary election.

Electoral history

Parliamentary elections

Year Leader Votes % Seats +/- Position Outcome
2007 Thomas Boni Yayi
35 / 83
New 1st Government
2011 665,810 33.30
41 / 83
Increase 6 Steady 1st Government
2015 Nassirou Bako Arifari 889,362 30.19
33 / 83
Decrease 8 Steady 1st Government
2019 Not allowed to participate Extra-parliamentary
2023 Janvier Yahouédéou 109,598 4.42
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Decrease 33 Decrease 4th Extra-parliamentary
  1. ^ In coalition with Amana Alliance.

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