A national dialogue will be held next Thursday in Benin under the chairmanship of President Patrice Talon to discuss way out of socio-political crisis affecting the country since April this year, local newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Eight legally existing parties, including the ruling party and allied as well as opposition parties have been called on for the dialogue.

They will discuss the way out of the socio-political crisis relating to legislative election of April 2019 that continues to disrupt the country.

Essentially, the discussions will focus on the review of controversial electoral laws, notably the charter of political parties and the election code.

On April 28 this year, only two blocs of parties allied to the government participated in the legislative elections that elected 83 representatives.

The opposition was excluded of the process for no compliance with the provisions in the new charter of political parties in Benin.

About 1.35 million registered voters cast their ballot out of an electoral register of 4.99 million persons, with a participation rate of 27.12 percent for the April 2019 general elections in Benin. Enditem

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