Progressive Union for Renewal

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Progressive Union for Renewal
Union progressiste pour le renouveau
LeaderJoseph Djogbenou
FounderBruno Amoussou
Founded1 December 2018
Preceded byUnion Makes the Nation
Democratic Renewal Party (2022)
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left
Colors  Yellow
SloganPatriotisme – Travail – Solidarité
National Assembly
53 / 109

The Progressive Union for Renewal (French: Union progressiste pour le renouveau, UPR), formerly called Progressive Union, is a political party in Benin, led by Bruno Amoussou. It tends to be more popular in the south of the country.[2]

In the 2019 Beninese parliamentary election, the party came first, winning 47 of 83 seats in the National Assembly.[3] Both the Progressive Union and the only other party in the National Assembly, Republican Bloc, are allied with President Patrice Talon.[3][4] The current Vice President of Benin, Mariam Chabi Talata, is a member. In July 2022, Bruno Amoussou retired and left the presidency of the UP to Joseph Djogbenou. In August 2022, the party merged with the Democratic Renewal Party and changed to its present name.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

Former party logo

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Year Leader Votes % Seats +/- Position Outcome
2019 Bruno Amoussou 645,214 56.22
47 / 83
New 1st Government
2023 Joseph Djogbenou 930,714 37.56
53 / 109
Increase 6 Steady 1st Government

Municipal elections[edit]

Year Votes % Councillors +/- Result
2020 994,602 40%
736 / 1,815
Increase 736 1st


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  2. ^ Millecamps, Matthieu (24 February 2020). "Au Bénin, une majorité « monocolore » tout en nuances". Jeune Afrique (in French). Retrieved 28 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b Live (May 2019). "Record low turnout at Benin polls with no opposition". Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  4. ^ Live (6 May 2019). "How Benin's democratic crown has slipped". BBC News. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Bénin: le Parti du renouveau démocratique fusionne avec l'Union progressiste" [Benin: the Democratic Renewal Party merges with the Progressive Union]. RFI (in French). 22 August 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022.