Yayi Boni

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Yayi Boni
President of Benin
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 April 2006
Prime Minister Pascal Koupaki
Preceded by Mathieu Kérékou
Chairperson of the African Union
Incumbent
Assumed office
29 January 2012
Preceded by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Personal details
Born 1 July 1952 (1952-07-01) (age 61)
Tchaourou, Dahomey
(now Benin)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Chantal Boni
Alma mater National University of Benin
Cheikh Anta Diop University
University of Orléans
Paris Dauphine University

Dr. Thomas Yayi Boni (born 1 July 1952) is the President of Benin. He began in the position since 6 April 2006. He was re-elected to a second term in March 2011. Since January 2012, he has also been Chairperson of the African Union.

On 15 March 2007, Yayi Boni survived an assassination attempt. Several of the people travelling with the president were wounded in gunfire between the presidential guard and the would-be assassins.[1]

On 23 October 2012, the BBC said that the president's doctor, niece, and former commerce minister had been arrested in a plot to poison the president. The niece changed his medicine to a "toxic substance" while he was on a state visit to Brussels.[2]

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