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Benin Daily Life

King Tossoh Gbaguidi XIII of Savalou, Benin February on 26, 2008. Kings are perceived as moral figures in Benin society. It's the kings who maintain good relations with the official government, mediating between the people and the government on certain matters. Many citizens consider Benin's peaceful shift to democracy in 1990 as a miracle. The traditional kings played a role in assuring that process.

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King Tossoh Gbaguidi XIII of Savalou, Benin February on  26, 2008.  Kings are perceived as moral figures in Benin society. It's the kings who maintain good relations with the official government, mediating between the people and the government on certain matters. Many citizens consider Benin's peaceful shift to democracy in 1990 as a miracle. The traditional kings played a role in assuring that process.