Chad’s Interim President, Mahamat Idriss Déby Announces Presidential Candidacy Amidst Tensions

Chad’s interim president, Mahamat Idriss Déby, has declared his intention to run in the upcoming presidential election, signaling a significant development in the country’s political landscape. Déby’s candidacy received backing from various political factions within his coalition, For a United Chad, comprising over 200 parties.

In a statement on Saturday, Déby expressed gratitude for being chosen as the coalition’s candidate, following a period of contemplation. His decision comes amidst heightened tensions, particularly after the recent assassination of his main rival, Yaya Dillo, under suspicious circumstances in the capital, N’Djamena.

Déby ascended to power in 2021 following the death of his father, Idriss Déby Itno, in clashes with rebels. Initially promising a swift return to civilian rule, Déby later extended the transition period by two years, citing the need for stability and reconciliation.

Despite initial reluctance to run for office, Déby acknowledged the necessity of participating in the electoral process to ensure a peaceful and stable transition. With the election scheduled for May 6th, Déby is widely expected to emerge victorious, given the prevailing political dynamics.

Amidst the tense social and political environment, internet services have been restored following a 48-hour blackout. The capital remains under heavy surveillance, with the military and government issuing stern warnings against any threats to national security.

Déby’s candidacy heralds a pivotal moment in Chad’s political trajectory, with implications for the country’s future direction and stability. As the electoral process unfolds, Chad braces for potential challenges while striving for a peaceful transition of power.

Quest: Cris-Edesiri Odjomah

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