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Benin’s prime minister, Lionel Zinsou, survived a helicopter crash when travelling to the northwest region of the country. The helicopter crash-landed on Saturday when attempting to land at a stadium in Djougou, Benin’s Interior Ministry, spokesperson, Leonce Houngbadji said. Houngbadji added that no one was hurt in the incident.
When prime minister Zinsou announced his intentions to run for president in the 2016 elections quelled rumours that President Thomas Boni Yayi was planning to run for a third term, reported Reuters. The presidential elections are scheduled for February.
“The prime minister was on board at the time of the crash-landing … happily he emerged safe and sound,” an anonymous source in the Beninese presidency told AFP.
Marie-Cecile Zinsou, the daughter of the prime minister tweeted that her father survived and no one was harmed.
“My father is well. There are no victims of the helicopter crash in Djougou. Thank you for your messages.”
Mr Zinsou was appointed prime minister in June this year and will be running for president as a candidate for the Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE), currently the ruling party.