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Title:The politics of instability in Dahomey
Author:Decalo, S.
Periodical:Genève-Afrique: acta africana
Geographic term:Benin
Subject:political stability
Abstract:Although at the presidential elections on May 5, 1968, Dr. Adjou obtained 84,5 % of the valid votes cast, by virtue of the mass abstentions (some 73% of the electorate stayed away from the polls) Dahomeans were obviously casting a vote of confidence for the exiled triumvirate in Paris, two of whom had called upon their faithful to boycott the election. In a survey of political development in Dahomey since French rule the author indicates its several stages and examines which factors ultimately led to the abortion of the May election. Drawing the line further he describes the circumstances which led to the election of Dr. Eraile Zinsou. He ends with a discussion of Zinsou's ability to unite the diverse political elements in the country, in itself an open question. Notes, tables, map.