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(Nov 02, 2007) The legislature of Benin passed the Law on Public Interest Military Service on September 20, 2007, thereby enabling the government to put into effect its plan for the national mobilization of youth for the country's development. The Law prescribes that every Beninese youth between the ages of 18 and 35 is subject to military service "in the national interest." The first step in this process is obligatory registration of the young people in the communes. [Benin is administratively divided into 12 departments that are subdivided into 77 communes.] From among them, certain registrants will be chosen to serve and will be expected to undergo military training. They will then be called upon for duty in the national interest in all areas, with the exception of keeping order in the context of elections. (Beninese MPs Amend Law on Military Service, OSC SUMMARY [of an article by Leon Brathier in the Beninese newspaper L'AUTRE QUOTIDIEN], Sept. 21, 2007, Open Source Center No. AFP20070924950024; Ousmane Syll, La décentralisation en Afrique subsaharienne: BÉNIN, CERCOOP, Oct. 2005.)

Author: Wendy Zeldin More by this author
Topic: Armed forces and national security More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Benin More about this jurisdiction

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