Benin’s President Says He Will Not Run for Third Term

June 9, 2015 Updated: June 9, 2015

PARIS— President of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi says he will not run for a third term next year in accord with his country’s constitution, dismissing suspicions by the opposition that he would try to be re-elected.

“My name will not appear in any ballot anymore,” Boni Yayi said Tuesday following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris.

Boni Yayi said he will ensure that a democratic ballot is organized in 2016 to choose a new president.

The constitution of Benin imposes a two-term limit on presidential candidates. Suspicions that Boni Yayi would try to change the constitution has exacerbated political tensions in the country.

Hollande praised “the vitality” of Benin’s democracy in a written statement and announced he will visit the country next month.