Chad’s acting leader Deby affirms his intention to seek the presidency in May

Only three days after his main competitor was assassinated under dubious circumstances, Chad’s military head said that he would compete in the eagerly expected presidential elections in May. In a speech on Saturday, Deby declared, “I, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, am a candidate for the 2024 presidential election under the banner of the For a United Chad coalition.” After three years, military rule will come to an end in the politically heated nation of Central Africa with this referendum. After Idriss Deby Itno, the country’s longstanding ruler and father, was killed in April 2021 while fighting rebels in the north, Deby assumed leadership.

 

The leader prolonged the transition by two years in spite of strong protests from opposition parties, despite the younger Deby’s promises of elections and a return to civilian government. The nation’s electoral body officially declared last week that the election would take place on May 6 in response to a referendum that was held in December with the intention of changing the constitution. “Mahamat Idriss Deby declared that running for president was not his goal. As Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reported from N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, on Saturday, “He said his focus when he took over from his father when he was killed on the front lines was to stabilise Chad, to ensure that the institutions of governance continue as well as to provide peace and stability to the country and the region.”

 

“A coalition of over 220 political parties and associations has now endorsed him. However, the events of the past few weeks, including the raid on the main opposition political party headquarters, the destruction of the party headquarters and the death of its leader, and the arrest of multiple other party members, have cast a shadow over this declaration. Many believe that would jeopardize the legitimacy of the May 6 elections,” Idris stated.

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