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List of prime ministers of Benin

Prime Minister of Benin
Lionel Zinsou
since 18 June 2015
AppointerThomas Boni Yayi,
as President of Benin
Formation1 August 1960
First holderHubert Maga

This is a list of heads of government of Benin (formerly Dahomey) since the formation of the post of Prime Minister in 1960.

A total of seven people have served as Prime Minister (not counting one Acting Prime Minister).


FARD Front d'Action pour le Rénouveau et le Développement
(Action for Renewal and Development) centrist
PD Parti Démocratique
(Democratic Party) merger of PRD and UDD 1964
PRB Parti de la renaissance du Bénin
(Benin Rebirth Party) centrist
UTRD Union pour le Triomphe du Renouvellement Démocratique
(Union for the Triumph of the Democratic Renewal)
PRD Parti du Rénouveau Démocratique
(Democratic Renewal Party)
PRPB Parti de la Révolution Populaire du Bénin
(People's Revolutionary Party of Benin) communist, only legal party 1979-1990
RDD Rassemblement Démocratique du Dahomé
(Dahomey Democratic Rally)
UDD Union Démocratique du Dahomé
(Dahomey Democratic Union)
Mil Military
n-p non-partisan

Political parties

Other factions


  •   Denotes Acting/Interim Head of State

Heads of Government of Benin

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Political affiliation President(s)
Republic of Dahomey
1 Sourou-Migan Apithy, 25 May 1957 to 26 July 1958 PD
26 July 1958 to 4 December 1958
4 December 1958 to 22 May 1959
2 Coutoucou Hubert Maga, 22 May 1959 to 1 August 1960 RDD
1 August 1960 to 31 December 1960 Thereafter Head of Government performed by Head of State until 25 January 1964
31 December 1960 to 28 October 1963 Deposed in a coup d'état
3 General Christophe Soglo, Head of the Provisional Government 28 October 1963 to 25 January 1964 Mil
4 Justin Ahomadegbé-Tomêtin, Prime Minister 25 January 1964 to 29 November 1965 PD
(3) General Christophe Soglo, Prime Minister 29 November 1965 to 21 December 1967 Mil
5 Major Iropa Maurice Kouandété, Prime Minister 21 December 1967 to 17 July 1968 Mil Thereafter Head of Government performed by Head of State until 12 March 1990
6 Émile Derlin Henri Zinsou, President 17 July 1968 to 10 December 1969 Deposed in a coup d'état
(5) Major Iropa Maurice Kouandété, Chief-of-Staff of the Army 10 December 1969 to 13 December 1969 Mil 2nd Term
7 Paul-Émile de Souza, Chairman of the Directory 13 December 1969 to 7 May 1970 Mil
(2) Major Coutoucou Hubert Maga, Chairman of the Presidential Council 7 May 1970 to 7 May 1972 RDD 2nd Term
(4) Justin Ahomadegbé-Tomêtin, Chairman of the Presidential Council 7 May 1972 to 26 October 1972 PD 2nd Term; Deposed in a coup d'état
8 General Mathieu Kérékou, President 26 October 1972 to 30 November 1975 Mil/PRPB 1st Term
People's Republic of Benin
(8) General Mathieu Kérékou, President 30 November 1975 to 1 March 1990 Mil/PRPB 1st Term
Republic of Benin (République du Benin)
(8) General Ahmed Mathieu Kérékou, President 1 March 1990 to 12 March 1990 PRB 1st Term
9 Nicéphore Dieudonné Soglo, Prime Minister 12 March 1990 to 4 April 1991 n-p Becoming President; thereafter Head of Government performed by Head of State until 4 April 1996
Nicéphore Dieudonné Soglo, President 4 April 1991 to 4 April 1996 PRB
10 Adrien Houngbédji, Prime Minister 9 April 1996 to 14 May 1998 PRD Thereafter Head of Government performed by Head of State until 28 May 2011
(8) General Mathieu Ahmed Kérékou, President 14 May 1998 to 6 April 2006 FARD 2nd Term
11 Thomas Yayi Boni, President 6 April 2006 to 28 May 2011 n-p 1st Term
12 Pascal Koupaki, Prime Minister 28 May 2011 to 11 August 2013 n-p Thereafter Head of Government performed by Head of State until 18 June 2015
(11) Thomas Yayi Boni, President 11 August 2013 to 18 June 2015 n-p 2nd Term
13 Lionel Zinsou Prime Minister 18 June 2015 to 6 April 2016 n-p
14 Patrice Talon 6 April 2016 to Incumbent n-p


See also

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