Chad president wins sixth term

20 Avril, 2021, 20:19 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Image Creative CommonsDeby's death has sparked fears that Chad's problems and those of its allies could deepen

Earlier this year, Deby dispatched 1,200 troops to the tri-border region of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali where Islamist militants are expanding their influence, while farther south Chadian forces fought against Nigeria's Boko Haram militants.

"I'd rather die than witness instability in Chad", he said.

The UFR was allied with Chadian rebels in 2008 when they launched a coup attempt, stopped at the gates of the presidential palace by a French military intervention.

Welcome to our live updates on happenings in Chad following the death of long-time President Idriss Deby.

Chad had announced in February the deployment of 1,200 troops to complement 5,100 French soldiers in the area. He was then taken to the capital where he died of unspecified wounds.

"Deby had his hand in many things in the Sahel".

Mahamat Mahadi Ali, head of the Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) group, said Deby went to visit the combat zone on Sunday, near to Nokou, about 280 kilometres north of the capital N'Djamena, in the Kanem region, in western Chad, according to live updates from RFI.

But the Chadian leader is having to occupy himself with ongoing fight between the military and some rebels who were advancing to the capital.

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"We still don't have the whole story", Laith Alkhouri, a global intelligence adviser, told The Associated Press.

"We need a bit of time to analyse well all the consequences that his death could have", Parly said at a news conference alongside her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

"France lost a fearless friend", President Emmanuel Macron's office said in statement.

Deby first came to power in 1990 when his rebel forces overthrew then-President Hissene Habre, who was later convicted of human rights abuses at an global tribunal in Senegal.

Deby, whose opponents accused him of repressive rule, pushed through a new constitution in 2018 that would have allowed him to stay in power until 2033 - even as it reinstated term limits.

He had campaigned for the latest election on a promise of bringing peace and security to the troubled region, but his pledges were undermined by the rebel incursion. Their arrival came on the same day that Chad's president sought a sixth term on election day, seeking to extend his more than three decades in power.

FACT, which is based on Chad's northern frontier in Libya, attacked a Chadian border post on the evening of 11 April, just as polling stations were closing.

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