Key parliamentary vote under way in Benin

March 31, 2007 at 6:11 PM
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COTONOU, Benin, March 31 (UPI) -- Voting was under way in Benin Saturday in national elections that had been postponed last week.

Voice of America reported from the western African nation that polls opened on time in some parts of the country, but nagging delays continued in others.

The parliamentary elections were postponed last week due to problems getting voting equipment to the polling stations.

There were 83 seats at stake with more than 2,100 candidates and 26 political parties. The elections are seen as critical to President Boni Yayi's strategy to undo what he calls a pattern of corruption that festered for 30 years under former president Mathieu Kerikou.

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