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People's Republic of Benin
République populaire du Bénin

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
 - Established November 30, 1975
 - Disestablished March 1, 1990
Currency West African CFA franc (XOF)

The People's Republic of Benin was a socialist state in the Gulf of Guinea on the African continent. It became present-day Benin. The People's Republic was started on November 30, 1975, after the 1972 coup d'état in the Republic of Dahomey. It lasted until March 1, 1990, with a new constitution. The end of Marxism-Leninism in the nation was in 1989.[1][2][3]


  1. Benin
  2. A short history of the People's Republic of Benin (1974 - 1990)
  3. "Constitution de la République du Bénin [Constitution of the Republic of Benin]" (PDF). Government of Benin. December 11, 1990. Retrieved June 23, 2012. "Devenu République Populaire du Bénin le 30 Novembre 1975, puis République du Bénin le 1er mars 1990..."