Act Defining and Punishing Usury


(enacted in 1983)

The Act Defining and Punishing Usury (Loi Portant Définition et Répression de l’Usure) briefly explains the legal rate of interest and defines a usury loan, which is a loan that exceeds the percentage rate determined by the Council of Ministers of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).

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