These include Paul Kagame in Rwanda, Denis Sassou Nguesso in the Republic of Congo and Pierre Nkurunziza in Burundi.
Leading candidates include Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, who is the candidate for the ruling party and used to head up France’s largest investment bank, PAI Partners, and Patrice Talon, a businessman previously accused of plotting a coup against Boni Yayi.
Official results are expected to be announced on Tuesday.
Try Newsweek: Subscription offers By stepping down in line with Benin’s constitution—which only permits a president to serve two terms—Boni Yayi bucked a trend among other African leaders who have sought to stay in power beyond the limits set out by their countries’ constitutions.
Benin is choosing its first president in 10 years, after Thomas Boni Yayi, pictured at a ceremony in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 23, 2015, honored the constitution and stepped down after two terms.
A male supporter of Lionel Zinsou dressed up as a woman attends a rally near Cotonou, Benin, March 3.
Zinsou, the current prime minister of Benin, has been touted by local media as the favorite in Benin's presidential elections.Supporters of presidential candidate Patrice Talon dance in Cotonou, Benin, March 6.Cotton tycoon Talon was accused of trying to poison President Boni Yayi and only returned to Benin in October 2015 after the president pardoned those accused of involvement in the alleged plot.A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Cotonou, Benin, March 6.Voters in Benin had a wide range of choices in electing the country's next president, with a record 33 candidates standing for the post.Voters in Benin went to the polls on Sunday to elect their next president from a plethora of choices.