The Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE), a coalition of political parties supporting Benin’s President Boni Yayi, plans to win over 50 seats in the 83 member parliament during the April 26 legislative elections.
“The vision of parties supporting the president is to win over 50 seats out of 83 during the forthcoming legislative elections,” FCBE said in a statement issued Monday after its extraordinary congress in Cotonou.
The coalition has come up with a list of 83 candidates who include 20 ministers, thirty members of parliament and senior administrators.
Formed in the run up to the 2007 legislative elections, just a year after Yayi came to power, FCBE has participated in successive elections starting with the legislative elections in 2007, 2008 municipal and communal elections, 2011 presidential elections and 2011 legislative elections.
The different results recorded during the various elections have established FCBE as the main political force in Benin.
The coalition currently has a majority in parliament with 42 members, giving the government the necessary numbers to push through its agenda.
Other political parties expected to contest in the forthcoming legislative elections include the Party for Renewal and Democracy and African Movement for Democracy and Progress.
Over 4.47 million Beninese voters will be expected to turn out on April 26 to elect 83 members of parliament. Enditem