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République populaire du Bénin
People's Republic of Benin

Flag Coat of arms
L'Aube Nouvelle  (French)
The Dawn of a New Day
Capital Porto Novo
Language(s) French
Government Socialist republic
 - 1975 - 1991 Mathieu Kérékou
Historical era Cold War
 - Military coup October 26, 1972 1975
 - Established November 30, 1975
 - Disestablished March 1, 1990 1990
Currency CFA franc

The People's Republic of Benin (French: République populaire du Bénin) was a socialist state (commonly known as "communist" in the West) located in the Gulf of Guinea on the African continent, going on to become present-day Benin. The People's Republic was established on November 30, 1975, shortly after gaining independence from France. It effectively lasted until March 1, 1990, once the newly formed country's constitution was complete, despite the abolition of Marxism-Leninism in the nation in 1989.[1][2]


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