List of presidents of Benin

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President of the
Republic of Benin
Flag of Benin.svg
Patrice Talon 2016-04-06.jpg
Incumbent
Patrice Talon

since 6 April 2016
ResidencePresidential Palace, Porto-Novo
Term length5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderHubert Maga
Formation31 December 1960
Salary29,810 USD annually[1]

This is a list of presidents of Benin (formerly Dahomey) since the formation of the post of President in 1960, to the present day.

Key[change | change source]

Political parties
Other factions
Status
  •      Denotes Acting/Interim Head of State

List[change | change source]

No. President
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political affiliation Prime Minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
Republic of Dahomey
1 Hubert Maga
(1916–2000)
Hubert Maga 1961 (cropped).png 1 August 1960 28 October 1963
(deposed.)
3 years, 88 days 1960 RDD Himself
2 Christophe Soglo
(1909–1983)[a]
28 October 1963 25 January 1964 89 days Military Position abolished
3 Sourou-Migan Apithy
(1913–1989)
Sourou Migan Apithy in 1958.jpg 25 January 1964 27 November 1965
(resigned.)
1 year, 306 days 1964 PDD Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin
4 Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin
(1917–2002)
Ahomadegbe.jpg 27 November 1965 29 November 1965 2 days PDD Himself
5 Tahirou Congacou
(1911–1993)
29 November 1965 22 December 1965
(deposed.)
23 days PDD Position abolished
6 Christophe Soglo
(1909–1983)
22 December 1965 19 December 1967
(deposed.)
1 year, 362 days Military Position abolished
7 Jean-Baptiste Hachème
(1929–1998)[b]
No image.png 19 December 1967 20 December 1967 1 day Military Position abolished
8 Maurice Kouandété
(1932–2003)
20 December 1967 21 December 1967 1 day Military Position abolished
9 Alphonse Alley
(1930–1987)
21 December 1967 17 July 1968 209 days Military Kouandété
10 Émile Derlin Zinsou
(1918–2016)
Emile Zinsou.jpg 17 July 1968 10 December 1969
(deposed.)
1 year, 146 days 1968 (Jul) Independent Position abolished
11 Maurice Kouandété
(1932–2003)[c]
10 December 1969 13 December 1969 3 days Military Position abolished
12 Paul-Émile de Souza
(1930–1999)[d]
13 December 1969 7 May 1970 145 days Military Position abolished
13 Hubert Maga
(1916–2000)[e]
Hubert Maga 1961 (cropped).png 7 May 1970 7 May 1972 2 years, 0 days RDD Position abolished
14 Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin
(1917–2002)[e]
Ahomadegbe.jpg 7 May 1972 26 October 1972
(deposed.)
172 days PDD Position abolished
15 Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
Mathieu Kerekou FOCR (cropped).jpg 26 October 1972 30 November 1975 3 years, 35 days Military Position abolished
People's Republic of Benin
16 Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
Mathieu Kerekou FOCR (cropped).jpg 30 November 1975 1 March 1990 14 years, 120 days 1980 Military, PRPB Position abolished
Republic of Benin
17 Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
Mathieu Kerekou FOCR (cropped).jpg 1 March 1990 4 April 1991 1 year, 34 days PRPB / Independent Soglo
18 Nicéphore Soglo
(1934–)
Nicéphore Soglo - mars 2012.jpg 4 April 1991 4 April 1996 5 years, 0 days 1991 RB Position abolished
19 Mathieu Kérékou
(1933–2015)
Mathieu Kérékou 2006Feb10.JPG 4 April 1996 6 April 2006 10 years, 2 days 1996
2001
Independent / FARD–Alafia Houngbédji
20 Thomas Boni Yayi
(1951–)
Yayi Boni.jpg 6 April 2006 6 April 2016 10 years, 0 days 2006
2011
Independent Koupaki
Zinsou
21 Patrice Talon
(1958–)
Patrice Talon 2016-04-06.jpg 6 April 2016 Incumbent 4 years, 215 days 2016 Independent Position abolished

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Styled as Head of the Provisional Government.
  2. Styled as Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee.
  3. Styled as Chief of Staff of the Army.
  4. Styled as Chairman of the Directory.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Styled as Chairman of the Presidential Council.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The highest and lowest paid African presidents - Business Daily".