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Title:Dahomey 1968-1971: return to origins
Author:Decalo, Samuel
Periodical:Genève-Afrique: acta africana
Geographic term:Benin
Subjects:political stability
economic conditions
Abstract:Deals with the years 1968-1971 as being the last phase of a ten-year cycle of political instability, during which every possible political faction or combination (civilian and military) had tried to rule and failed. From 1968, when the anti-militarist Zinsou was brought to power, up to Dec. 1969 when a threeman military directorate was set up, the political and economic situation showed a continuing regression. Considered here are a range of economic problems: decreasing budget balancing funds by France, regression in agricultural and industrial production, a growing cleavage between the isolated North and the more developed South, etc. A number of austerity measures are discussed and the unrest which they provoked among unionists and students. How far will the coup, after which the directorate invited back the same political coalition as at the time of independence, bring political success in the future? Notes, one table.