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BENIN: The country celebrates its 57th anniversary of Independence.

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On 1 August 2017, Benin celebrated the 57th anniversary of its accession to independence.

The official ceremonies took place in the economic capital of Cotonou.

These were marked by a wreath laying in Xwlacodji, a flaming of the flames and a military parade in place of the Red Star.

Message from the President of the Republic of Benin Patrice Talon