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Lionel Zinsou: Benin PM Survives Helicopter Crash in Djougou

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Benin’s PM Lionel Zinsou walked away unscathed after the helicopter in which he was traveling crashed, his daughter said.

It is unclear why the helicopter carrying Lionel Zinsou crash-landed at a stadium in the country’s northwest.

“My father is fine. There were no victims in the helicopter accident in Djougou,” Marie-Cecile Zinsou tweeted.

Earlier this month, Lionel Zinsou confirmed he would run as a candidate in Benin’s 2016 presidential elections.

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The helicopter crashed while landing at a stadium in the city of Djougou, a spokesman for Benin’s interior ministry Leonce Houngbadji told the AFP news agency.

He said no-one in the helicopter was hurt.

Lionel Zinsou, a former private-equity executive, was appointed prime minister of Benin in June.

He has said he will run for president in February 2016 election as a candidate of the ruling Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE) party.

Lionel Zinsou’s announcement put an end to speculation Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi was seeking a third term, Reuters reported in early December.