Mathieu Kérékou

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Mathieu Kérékou
President of Benin
In office
April 4, 1996 – April 6, 2006
Preceded byNicéphore Soglo
Succeeded byYayi Boni
In office
October 26, 1972 – April 4, 1991
Preceded byJustin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin
Succeeded byNicéphore Soglo
Personal details
Born(1933-09-02)2 September 1933
Kouarfa, French Dahomey (now Kouarfa, Benin)
Died14 October 2015(2015-10-14) (aged 82)
Cotonou, Benin
Political partyPeople's Revolutionary Party of Benin (1975–1990)

Mathieu Kérékou, (2 September 1933[1] – 14 October 2015) was a Beninese politician. He was President of Benin from 1972 to 1991 and again from 1996 to 2006.

After seizing power in a military coup, he ruled the country for 17 years. He was defeated in the 1991 presidential election, but was returned to the presidency in the 1996 election and controversially re-elected in 2001.

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