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BENIN'S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SITUATION has been peaceful for over a decade. The wide‐ranging national consultation held between 19 and 28 February 1990 brought an end to the profound socio‐political and economic crisis that the country suffered during the late 1980s. This consultation, known as the "ConfĂ©rence nationale des forces vives" (National Conference of Dynamic Forces) was the first of its kind in Africa, and brought different strands of opinion, development organisations from various parts of the country, business and trade organisations, and religious communities together around the same table. It resulted in a number of important resolutions, notably i) to establish a liberal democracy based on respect for fundamental human liberties, ii) to promote the rule of law and iii) to adopt free‐market principles.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: May 1, 2008

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