In the wake of the recent parliamentary elections in Benin, the office of the National Assembly has a new face: that of Adrien Houngbedji, an old fighter of Beninese politics. At 74, he operates a comeback flawless, the front row of the Office of the national representation.
The presidential movement now knows the pain of grief skin, she has only 33 seats out of the 83 that make up the Assembly. Anything that allows today's opposition legitimately bomber chest and end any attempt to tamper with the Constitution (if they still had the desire) by the zealots and courtiers Yayi Boni.
Surely, that's saying that the Beninese democracy comes, once again, to be well lustrous by the Beninese opposition that comes from trouncing the presidential camp and also just placed on the pedestal of the Assembly a figure as iconic as that of Adrien Houngbedji.
Beninese are today more than yesterday, assured that 2016 will be a new beginning for other challenges, those of development and democracy. Benin, a small country with great democracy, one might say.
It was he who, in the early 90s, opened the floodgates of democracy with its national conference that has authority over the African continent. Cotonou remains true to its enfant terrible tradition of democracy in Africa, in the best sense of the expression.
The reasons are that this country has a quality of opposition that can do around the critical chorus in the best interests of the country. It also has a stubborn civil society, in the best sense of the term. All this is perhaps not surprising.
The Benin was not it the Latin Quarter of Africa? Its political culture is not usurped. In any case, we want to say that Benin just got illustrated by a major political innovation that contrasts with the habits in the fight for democratic change.
In Cotonou, it has been caused not by the street and violence, as in Ouagadougou, nor the voluntary renunciation of power by the ruling prince or even a coup, but by the ratio of political forces in the National Assembly. The credit goes to all: the head of state, the presidential party, the opposition and civil society. Benin does not betray its democratic reputation compass continent.