Supporters of presidential candidate Patrice Talon celebrate before the official announcement of the presidential elections results in Cotonou on March 21, 2016. / AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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Businessman Patrice Talon was sworn in as Benin's new president Wednesday after winning last month's elections in the tiny West African country.Talon gave a short inauguration speech that focused on his popular campaign promise to change the constitution so Benin presidents serve just one term.Talon handily won the presidential election in March with 65.37% of the vote against 34.63% for the ruling party's candidate, Franco-Beninese businessman Lionel Zinsou.Zinsou was seen as the front-runner with the support of most lawmakers in parliament, but his popularity was dented by Talon who billed himself as the authentic Beninese candidate and repeatedly attacked Zinsou's dual French nationality.
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