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World Chad: Idriss Deby wins a sixth presidential term

03:10  20 april  2021
03:10  20 april  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

Chad votes with 30-year ruler Deby poised for sixth win

  Chad votes with 30-year ruler Deby poised for sixth win Chad headed into presidential elections on Sunday in which Idriss Deby Itno, the country's ruler for the last three decades, looks assured of a sixth term. "I will vote for Idriss Deby," 35-year-old Zenaba said in the baking heat at the nomadic camp at Walia Tradex. "It's true he has done nothing for us poor people, but at least he has established peace and security."The Arab Muslim herders from the north have clashed violently in the past with the farmers from the south, who are mainly Christian and animist.Chad has been an oil producer since 2003, but it remains deeply poor.

Chad ’s President Idriss Deby won a sixth mandate in polls marred by an opposition boycott and rebels advancing on the capital. Deby , 68, secured 79% of the vote in the April 11 poll, Kodi Mahamat Bam, president of the Independent National Election Commission, said in the capital, N’Djamena Monday. Albert Pahimi Padacke, who served on many of Deby ’s cabinets, got 10% of the vote. Voter turnout was 64%. The president was meant to face nine opposition candidates in the 11 April poll after the Supreme Court barred seven others.

Idriss Deby Itno, the frontrunner in elections in Chad this weekend, has carved out a reputation as the West's stalwart ally in the Sahel, despite accusations of authoritarianism and failure to ease… Deby is a herder's son from the Zaghawa ethnic group who took the classic path to power through the army, and relishes the military culture. Last August, the National Assembly named him field marshal, the first in Chad 's history, after he led an offensive against jihadists who had killed nearly 100 troops at a base in the west of the country.

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TCHAD: IDRISS DEBY REMPORTE UN SIXIÈME MANDAT PRÉSIDENTIEL © Reuters / Ammar AWAD Chad: Idriss Deby wins a sixth presidential term

N'Djamena (Reuters) - Idriss Deby won a sixth presidential term, according to the provisional results of the elections unveiled on Monday, while the army said he had pushed a column of insurgents who advanced towards the capital N'Djamena.

Idriss Deby, 68, obtained 79.3% of the votes in the election of April 11, after the main opposition leaders boycotted the ballot to protest against his efforts to extend his 30 years in power .

Idriss Deby took power during an armed rebellion in 1990. It is one of the oldest leaders in Africa and a close ally of the Western powers struggling against Islamist militants in West and Central Africa.

But it is confronted with repeated insurrections in the north of the country and must also face an increasing dissatisfaction with its management of the oil manne and the treatment reserved for the opposition.

(Mahamat Ramadane, Cooper Inveen and Aaron Ross; French version Camille Raynaud)

Chad's new leader - Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno .
Mahamat, 37, is the same age as the late Idriss Déby when he seized power in 1990.Mahamat is now in charge of a 15-member Transitional Military Council (CMT) that will be in power for the next 18 months.

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