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Chad military leader says he’ll run for 2024 presidential election

By Chris Thompson

Mahamat Idriss Déby, the interim leader of Chad, declared on Saturday that he would contest the eagerly anticipated presidential election this year.

Representatives from the alliance For a United Chad, which he claims to represent more than 200 political parties, endorsed his candidature.

“After deep and serene reflection, I have decided to accept the choice you have made to name me as the candidate of the For a United Chad coalition,” he said.

According to Africanews, the military leader’s announcement comes just three days after his main rival in the polls, Yaya Dillo, was shot and killed in the capital N’Djamena in suspicious circumstances.

Déby seized power in 2021 following the death of his long-ruling father, Idriss Déby Itno, who was killed in clashes with rebels.

He was sworn in 2022, promising a return to civilian rule within 18 months, but subsequently extended the transition by two years.

“I confess that I did not see myself as a candidate because my main concern was to bring this transition to a successful conclusion in peace and stability in a united and reconciled Chad,” he said on Saturday.

Déby is almost certain to win the vote on 6 May.

While the social and political context remains tense, the Internet is back online after 48 hours of blackouts.

The capital is under heavy surveillance, with the army and government warning they will take strong action against those who threaten the security of the state.

Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson is an international writer with expertise in politics, business and public affairs.

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