Benin gets new government after surprise shake-up

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — The president of the tiny West African nation of Benin has named a new Cabinet, three days after he dissolved his entire government in a surprise move.

A statement read on state television Sunday night detailed the 26-member team composed of 13 new members and 13 officials who served in the old government of Prime Minister Pascal Irene Koukpaki.

The posts of prime minister and minister for presidential affairs have been eliminated, according to the statement. Other notable departures include the ministers of justice and the interior, who were both replaced.

President Boni Yayi was first elected in 2006 in a landslide vote and won re-election in 2011. Late last year, authorities said they thwarted an attempt to swap his medicine with a toxic substance.

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