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Benin blocks Niger oil exports weeks after Niamey’s new $400m Chinese deal

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Issue 505 - 13 May 2024 - By Marc Howard | 6 minute read

President Patrice Talon’s sudden announcement that Benin would block the lifting of oil cargoes from the Niger-Benin Export Pipeline was a shock move that may be remedied swiftly but nevertheless point to continuing pressures on Niamey, since the military regime opted to end alliances with the US and France in favour of Russia and special friend China, write Marc Howard and Virgile Ahissou

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