Dato who was appointed to the position by former Beninese President Boni Yayi in May 2013 handed in his resignation to the President of the Court.
His resignation comes a few months before the end of the term of the current members of the high court scheduled for June 2018.
According to the secretary general of the institution, such a resignation is provided for in Article 12 of the law, which provides that: "A member of the Constitutional Court may resign by a letter addressed to the President of the said court. His or her replacement shall be made no later than the month of resignation.”
Thus, Dato’s replacement must be named under the same conditions by President Patrice Talon by January 31, 2018.
The reasons for Simplice Comlan Dato’s resignation are not yet known.
The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court disavowing the executive and the parliament on issues of national interest, continue to provoke controversy.
The Beninese Constitutional Court, as the highest court of jurisdiction on matters of constitutionality, is the regulating organ for the functioning of state institutions and the activity of public authorities.
It is made up of seven members, four of whom are appointed by the National Assembly and three by the President for a term of five years renewable once.