Results being awaited in Benin polls

Front runner Zinsou

Results are being awaited after polls closed in Benin on Sunday, in an election to replace President Thomas Boni Yayi who is stepping down after two terms.

33 candidates vied for power in the small West African nation.

Leading the field is Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, a former economist and investment banker backed by the president and the main opposition Democratic Renewal Party.

“I have just voted. It’s a matter of pride for me to have done my duty as a citizen. My candidate will win. I don’t think there will be too many (logistical) difficulties,” said Clarisse Nibime who voted in the capital.

Boni Yayi’s decision to step down marks him out from African leaders in countries such as Burundi, Rwanda and Congo Republic who have changed the constitution to pave the way for a third term.