Polls open in Benin presidential election
Supporters stand on presidential campaign flyers outside a rally venue, in the stade-Kouhounou district in Cotonou, Benin - REUTERS

COTONOU:  Polls opened in Benin on Sunday in an election to replace President Thomas Boni Yayi who is stepping down after two terms, leaving 33 candidates to vie for power in the small West African nation.

Benin produces cotton but its economy is flagging, in part because a fall in oil prices has hit its giant neighbour Nigeria. A key choice facing voters is who best can create jobs and improve education.

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