Benin Government

Country Name Benin
Full Country Name Republic of Benin
Local - Long Republique du Benin
Local - Short Benin
Former Name Dahomey
Etymology- history of name named for the Bight of Benin, the body of water on which the country lies
Government Type presidential republic
Capital Name Porto-Novo (constitutional capital); Cotonou (seat of government)
Capital - geographic coordinate 6 29 N, 2 37 E
Capital Time Difference UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence 1 August 1960 (from France)
National Holiday Independence Day, 1 August (1960)
Constitution history: previous 1946, 1958 (preindependence); latest adopted by referendum 2 December 1990, promulgated 11 December 1990

amendments: proposed concurrently by the president of the republic (after a decision in the Council of Ministers) and the National Assembly; consideration of drafts or proposals requires at least three-fourths majority vote of the Assembly membership; passage requires approval in a referendum unless approved by at least four-fifths majority vote of the Assembly membership; constitutional articles affecting territorial sovereignty, the republican form of government, and secularity of Benin cannot be amended

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