Rosine Vieyra Soglo

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Rosine Vieyra Soglo (born March 7, 1936) is a Beninese politician. She is a member of the National Assembly of Benin and has also served as a member of the Pan-African Parliament.[1][2] Soglo is married to Nicéphore Soglo, who was President of Benin from 1991 to 1996.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Soglo was born on March 7, 1936 in Ouidah into an Afro-Brazilian family. In 1946, she moved to France to attend school. After graduation, Soglo went into law and became a bailiff from 1965 to 1968.[4]


In 1992, Soglo created the Benin Rebirth Party;[5] the following year, the political party La Renouveau issued a signed statement by Soglo to the media encouraging supporters of her husband, Nicéphore Soglo, to join the Benin Rebirth Party.[4]

In 2007, Soglo joined the Alliance for a Dynamic Democracy coalition with Antoine Idji Kolawolé and Bruno Amoussou; the ADD ran during the March 2007 parliamentary election and obtained 20 seats.[6]

Leading up to the April 2011 parliamentary election, Soglo was the head of the ADD.[7] However, during the 2011 elections, she joined the Union Makes the Nation coalition and promised to improve the quality of Benin's government and habitability.[8]

In the April 2015 parliamentary election, Soglo was re-elected to the National Assembly as a Benin Renaissance candidate in the 16th constituency;[9] as the oldest member of the National Assembly (doyenne d'âge), she presided over the initial proceedings of the National Assembly when it began meeting on 19 May 2015, prior to the election of the President of the National Assembly.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pan-African Parliament members as of 15 March 2004 Archived November 10, 2010, at WebCite
  2. ^ Pan-African Parliament members, as of 2006 Archived December 16, 2010, at WebCite
  3. ^ "Rosine Soglo's removal from party makes headlines". PanaPress. 7 September 2001. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b Tozo, Émile A (March 2004). "Rosine Soglo, famille et entreprise politique" [Rosine Soglo, family and business policy]. Politique Africaine (in French). 95: 71–90. doi:10.3917/polaf.095.0071. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ Bute, E.L.; Harmer, H.J.P. (2016). The Black Handbook: The People, History and Politics of Africa and the African Diaspora. p. 238. ISBN 9781474292870. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Benin Assemblée nationale (National Assembly) elections in 2007". Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Benin Battle of the bankers" (PDF). Africa Confidential. 52 (2): 11. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2016.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "BENIN Assemblée nationale (National Assembly)". Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  9. ^ Yao Hervé Kingbêwé, "Législatives : liste complète des 83 députés selon la CENA", La Nouvelle Tribune, 2 May 2015 ‹See Tfd›(in French).
  10. ^ Yao Hervé Kingbêwé, "Assemblée nationale : la plénière suspendue pour deux heures", La Nouvelle Tribune, 19 May 2015 ‹See Tfd›(in French).