Benin's president wins re-election in preliminary results

Electoral officials in Benin says that President Patrice Talon has been re-elected with a majority of votes cast in the presidential election

Talon received more than 86.3% of the votes cast Sunday. Allasane Soumanou got about 11.3% and Corentin Kohou came in third with 2.3%, according to provisional results.

Voter participation stood at about 50%, according to the electoral commission.

The results must now be validated by the Constitutional Court.

The runup to Benin’s presidential election was marred by violent demonstrations in the West African nation.