Benin. General elections were held in March. The Rebirth
Party (Parti de la Renaissance du Bénin, PRB), led by former
President Nicéphore Soglo, became the largest with 27 of
Parliament's 83 seats. At first it seemed as if parties in
opposition to President Mathieu Kérékou were in the
majority, which could have led to a complicated division of
power, but in June Kérékou, with the support of ten parties,
succeeded in forming a loyal ministry.
Countryaah official website, the new government's first difficult task was to overcome
a national guard, which in the autumn lynched hundreds of
suspected criminals in southwest Benin. In October, the army
was deployed to the area.