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A joke in Benin at the time was that the ruling ideology was “Laxism-Beninism”, as the state did little in the way of promoting leftist ideas throughout its existence. Mathieu Kérékou, the leader of the state from the coup that founded it to its end, has pursued policies typically attributed to socialism such as nationalization, however did exhibit many other behaviors worthy of being called opportunistic. Soon after taking power he feuded with student radicals that largely formed the basis for the popularity of a leftist movement within the country. It seems his declaration of pursuing a Marxist-Leninism path was partly based on appeasing said radicals rather than actually seeking to achieve socialism, on top of receiving assistance from the Eastern Bloc.
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A joke in Benin at the time was that the ruling ideology was “Laxism-Beninism”, as the state did little in the way of promoting leftist ideas throughout its existence. Mathieu Kérékou, the leader of the state from the coup that founded it to its end, has pursued policies typically attributed to socialism such as nationalization, however did exhibit many other behaviors worthy of being called opportunistic. Soon after taking power he feuded with student radicals that largely formed the basis for the popularity of a leftist movement within the country. It seems his declaration of pursuing a Marxist-Leninism path was partly based on appeasing said radicals rather than actually seeking to achieve socialism, on top of receiving assistance from the Eastern Bloc.<ref>''African Foreign Policies'' by Stephen Wright</ref>
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A joke in Benin at the time was that the ruling ideology was “Laxism-Beninism”, as the state did little in the way of promoting leftist ideas throughout its existence. Mathieu Kérékou, the leader of the state from the coup that founded it to its end, has pursued policies typically attributed to socialism such as nationalization, however did exhibit many other behaviors worthy of being called opportunistic. Soon after taking power he feuded with student radicals that largely formed the basis for the popularity of a leftist movement within the country. It seems his declaration of pursuing a Marxist-Leninism path was partly based on appeasing said radicals rather than actually seeking to achieve socialism, on top of receiving assistance from the Eastern Bloc.[1]

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  1. African Foreign Policies by Stephen Wright