(AA) – Benin’s Cowrie Forces for an Emerging Benin, known by its French acronym, FCBE, has emerged as the winter of the country’s legislative polls, Benin’s official electoral committee announced Friday.
The FCBE, which is supported by President Boni Yayi, won 32 of the 83 seats in parliament, Emmanuel Tiando, president of the Autonomous National Electoral Commission (CENA), told a press conference in Cotonou.
Union Makes the Nation, Benin’s main opposition party, came in second with 15 seats; the Democratic Renewal Party followed with ten seats; and the Renaissance Party of Benin (RB-RP) won seven seats.
Tiando put voter turnout at over 65 percent of the country’s roughly 4.4 million eligible voters.
The election comes at a time of mounting tension between the government and the opposition, with the latter accusing the former of hampering municipal elections since 2013.
Municipal polls were recently rescheduled for next month.