|Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on 1 August 1960, as the Republic of Benin. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin’s economic growth. Continue reading|
Written in 2007 but still is true today…Very LONG article but thorough and helps explains why we still we get RIPPED off up here in Canada when it comes to buying certain bikes. Please read, it’s good!
Written by By Steve Thornton and Rob Harrison
What’s the difference between a greenback and a Loonie? It’s only money, after all. And these days, one’s pretty much as good as another – unless you’re buying something with it.