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Adrien Houngbedji

Adrien Houngbedji is a Beninese politician.


  • Secondary school leaving diploma (philosophy section), Lycée Victor Ballot, Porto-Novo.


  • Houngbedji entered politics and was elected a member of Parliament and occupied twice as President of the National Assembly from 1991 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2003.

    In 1990 he founded the Party of Democratic Renewal which he was the president and became a major political figure of Benin.

    From 1996 to 1998, he was the Prime Minister, responsible for the coordination of government action and relations with institutions and government spokesman.

    He was elected co-president of the ACP-EU Parliament in 2001. On February 13, 2003, Houngbédji was elected as mayor of Benin's administrative capital, Porto Novo, by the city's council; he took office on the same day. Houngbédji was re-elected to the National Assembly in the March 2003 parliamentary election, and in April 2003 he left the opposition to join the presidential majority. He resigned as Mayor of Porto Novo in June 2003. Member of the Academy of Sciences overseas, he published a book in October 2005 outlining his political vision of Benin and Africa. He is a member of Grand Cross of the National Order of Benin.

    In 2006 Adrien Houngbedji was a candidate for the presidential election after holding the third place in the 1996 and 2001. He lost in the second round of voting on March 19, 2006 by Yayi Boni.

    Houngbédji was re-elected to the National Assembly in the March 2007 parliamentary election. He was again defeated by Yayi Boni in the March 2011 presidential election, although he disputed the official results, which showed Boni winning a first-round majority. At the DRP's Third Ordinary Congress, held in February 2012, Houngbédji was re-elected as President of the DRP.

Major achievements

  • 29 April 1999: Made Grand Officer of the 'Ordre National du Bénin' (National Order of Benin)


  • Il n’y a de richesse que d’hommes (There is no richness except humans)


Adrien Houngbédji is a Beninese politician and the leader of the Democratic Renewal Party (Parti du renouveau démocratique, PRD), one of Benin's main political parties.

Party affiliation: Democratic Renewal Party


Denomination: Christian



Sport & Clubs: Golf


  • Wife: -
  • Seven children: -
  • nephew: Marc Houngbedji
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Born March 5, 1942
(age 74)
  • June, 1961
    secondary school
  • June, 1963
    Institut d'Administration Publique, Paris (Institute of Public Administration)
  • June, 1965
    University of Paris
  • June, 1966
    University of Paris
  • June, 1967
    École Nationale de Magistrature, Paris (National School of Magistrates, Paris)
  • September, 1967
    University of Paris
  • December, 1967 - 1968
    Judge, Regional Court
    Bénin, Cotonou
  • 1968 - 1975
    Lawyer, Court of Appeal
    Bénin, Cotonou
  • January, 1968 - 1968
    Public Prosecutor
    Bénin, Cotonou
  • 1976 - 1989
    Lawyer, Supreme Court
  • 1983 - 1987
    Member, Bar Association Council
  • 1991 - 1993
    Vice-President, American College of Physicians-European Economic Community Joint Assembly, with responsibility for human rights
  • June, 1991 - June, 1995
    President, National Assembly of Benin
  • 1994 - 1995
    1st Vice-President, International Assembly of French-Speaking Parliaments
  • April, 1996 - 1998
    Prime Minister, Prime Minister, with responsibility for coordinating government activities and relations with the institutions
  • April, 1997
    Spokesman, Government
  • 1999 - 2003
    President, National Assembly
  • April, 1999
    Speaker, National Assembly of Benin
  • October, 2001 - 2003
    Co-President, American College of Physicians-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • January, 2003
    City Councillor
    Benin, Porto-Novo
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