Country Data


Last updated

Sep, 2022

Head of StatePatrice Athanase Guillaume Talon
Prime Ministern/a
Size of Cabinet25
National AssemblyNational Assembly
Seats in NA83
Parties in NA2
Female MPs in NA7.23%
Term of National Assembly4 years
Term of President5 years
Number of NA Elections held8
Number of PE held7
Next NA Elections2023
Next PE Elections2026

List of cabinet

Head of StatePresidentPatrice Athanase Guillaume Talon
Chief of StaffSecretary General of the PresidencyPascal I. Koupaki
State Minister, charged with Development and Coordination of Government AffairsAbdoulaye Bio Tchané
FinanceMinister of State, Minister of Economy and Finance Romuald Wadagni
ForeignMinister of Foreign Affairs and CooperationAurélien Agbénonci
DefenseMinister of National DefenseFortunet Alain Nouatin
HealthMinister of HealthBenjamin Hounkpatin
JusticeMinister of Justice, Keeper of SealsSévérin Quenum
AgricultureMinister of Agriculture, Livestock and FisheriesGaston Cossi Dossouhoui
EnergyMinister of EnergyDona Jean-Claude Houssou
Natural ResourcesMinister of Water and MinesSamou Seïdou Adambi
EducationMinister of Nursery and Primary EducationKarimou Salimane
Minister of Secondary, Technical and Vocational EducationKouaro Yves chabi
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific ResearchÉléonore Yayi Ladekan
EconomyMinister of Industry and CommerceShadiya Alimatou Assouman
Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Employment PromotionModeste Kerekou
Digital/ITMinister of Digital and DigitalizationAurelie A. Soule Zoumarou
InteriorMinister of the Interior and Public SecurityAlassane Seidou
EnvironmentMinister of the Living Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentJosé Didier Tonato
LaborMinister of Labor and Public ServiceAdidjatou Mathys
OthersMinister of Decentralization and Local GovernanceRaphaél Akotegnon
Minister of Social Affairs and Micro-FinanceMédessè Véronique Tognifode Mewanou
Minister of Tourism, Culture and the ArtsBabalola Jean-Michel Hervé Abimbola
Minister of Infrastructure and TransportHervé Yves Hehomey
Minister of SportsOswald Homeky

Main political parties

Name of partyFoundationTimes Elected to NATimes Won at NATimes Won at PE
Progessive Union / l’Union progressiste (UP)110
Republican Bloc / Bloc républicain (BR)100
Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE)2007333

Last NA elections results

NA elections/Parties winning seatsSeats
Progessive Union (UP)47
Republican Bloc (BR)36
Number of parties contesting2
Female MPs7.23%
Voter turnout27.12%

Last Presidential elections results

Presidential elections  
Corentin Kohuneindp2.35
Patrice TalonIndp86.37
Allassane SoumanouFCBE11.4
Total no of candidates20
Voter Turnout50.60%

Voting System

  • PE: President directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term)
  • NA: Members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by proportional representation vote; members serve 4-year terms)

Source: CIA World Factbook