Republic of Benin Prime Minister survives helicopter crash


Benin’s Prime Minister was unhurt after the helicopter in which he was travelling crashed.

A spokesman for Benin’s Interior Ministry says a helicopter carrying Benin’s prime minister Lionel Zinsou crashed in the country’s northwest, but he is unhurt.

Leonce Houngbadji says the helicopter crashed while landing at a stadium in Djougou, in the northwest. He said no one in the helicopter was hurt and he has spoken with Mr Zinsou since the crash.

It is unclear why the helicopter carrying Lionel Zinsou crash-landed in a stadium.

“My father is fine. There were no victims in the helicopter accident in Djougou,” the PM’s daughter, Marie-Cecile Zinsou tweeted.

On the 1st of December , Mr Zinsou confirmed he would run as a candidate in Benin’s 2016 presidential elections.

The helicopter crashed while landing at a stadium in the city of Djougou, a spokesman for Benin’s interior ministry Leonce Houngbadji told the AFP news agency.
He said no-one in the helicopter was hurt.

Mr Zinsou, a former private-equity executive, was appointed prime minister of Benin in June and will run for president in February’s election as a candidate of the ruling Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE) party.

Reuters reported in early December that Mr Zinsou’s announcement put an end to speculation Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi was seeking a third term.

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