Benin’s democratic system has become fragile under the authoritarian rule of President Talon. The main opposition party, however, gained strength in highly contested parliamentary elections, opening space for more criticism and scrutiny of the government. The country faces a growing threat of terrorist activity in its northern regions.

The economy has made an impressive recovery, with rising revenues and a GDP-growth rate of 7.2%. Despite this progress, Benin remains one of the world’s least developed countries. Challenges such as poverty, widening inequalities and high levels of corruption remain.

The government’s Action Program (PAG) has had a visible impact, particularly in terms of infrastructure development, modernization of administrative services and improvement of the urban living environment. A new PAG aims to build on these achievements while addressing social welfare objectives.

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