Benin. According to Countryaah website, national day of Benin is every August 1. The first municipal elections in Benin’s history were held in mid-December. Previously, the mayors were appointed directly by the government. The vote count was slow, but the Part-born Renaissance du Bénin (PRB), led by former President Nicéphore Soglo (1991-96), seemed to reap the greatest successes. The result was expected to give Soglo the post of mayor of Cotonou, Benin’s largest city and economic center. A second round of elections would be held in January 2003. Earlier in the year, the EU had allocated € 275 million to Benin for, among other things, efforts to consolidate democratic reforms.