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Politics: Opposition seeks end to social revolt

Cotonou, Benin - Benin's opposition coalition has urged stakeholders to seek an urgent resolution of the social revolt which has wracked the West African nation since 7 Jan.


In a statement obtained by PANA here Sunday, the 'Unity is force” movement said that after an analysis of the socio-political situation marked by social revolt, there is the need to seek solutions other than what has been implemented so far for a quick restoration of normalcy.

The coalition suggests the immediate conclusion of talks with the unions in a bid to spare the country from an invalidated academic year in the education sector and the establishment of a climate of confidence in the relations between the government and its partners.

The opposition insists particularly on concrete measures that guarantee the enjoyment of liberties and action against those who constrict such liberties, an allusion to the police suppression on 27 Dec. 2013 of a peaceful march by workers.

After the police action, the unions launched a three-day general strike every week to demand the dismissal of the commissioner of the city of Cotonou and the prefect of the Atlantic and the Littoral.

A series of talks between the unions and government mediators as well as the meeting with the President who apologised to the unions' representatives have failed to resolve the crisis.

Pana 17/03/2014