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World in Chad, beginning of a presidential election without suspense

14:40  11 april  2021
14:40  11 april  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Le président tchadien Idriss Déby Itno est photographié en train de voter à N'jamena, le 11 avril 2021. © AFP - Marco Longari Chadian President Idriss Debly Itno is photographed voting in N'jamena, April 11, 2021.

Chad voters are called Sunday to Participate in a non-surprise ballot where Marshal-President Idriss Debly Itno, in power without sharing for 30 years, brigged a 6th mandate he is assured of winning. In the capital, polling stations opened late.

It is without conviction that Chadian voters started going to the polling stations on Sunday, April 11 for a suspense presidential election. In this country of the Sahel, the Marshal-President Idriss Debly Itno, in power without sharing for 30 years, brigged a 6th mandate that he is assured of winning six candidates without major candidates.

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"It's important to vote because I love my country and I vote for the marshal because thanks to it, I'm free to walk where I want, day and night, safely," said AFP Bernadette, a 25-year-old shopper in front of a polling station.

In the N'Djamena capital, the ballot boxes and isolation gradually arrive, and many offices visited by the AFP have not opened at the scheduled schedule.

Many elite soldiers of the Republican Guard are deployed in front of the Carré 3 Hassan Ibrahim polling station in the city center, where the head of state must vote, found a reporter from AFP.

The real issue of this ballot remains participation. During his last campaign meeting on Friday, the head of state urged his followers to "vote massively". Some 7.3 million voters, on a population of 15 million, are called to the polls. The most critical opposition to President Déby called for the boycott.

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Marshal Deboy has campaigned mainly on "peace and security" which he says to be the craftsman, in his country but also in a tormented region: Chad, enclayd between Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, among others, is a contributor in weight against jihadists in the Sahel, projecting seasoned troops to Mali and sometimes in Nigeria.

A vote "Played in advance"

The majority of the inhabitants seems to lose interest in a poll "played in advance" and tries to join the two ends, between two cuts of water and electricity, sometimes several days in a row.

Chad is ranked 187th in 189 in the Ranking by the Human Development Index (HDI) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2020. In 2018, 42% of the population lived below the poverty line. , according to the World Bank.

For several months, the regime systematically prohibits the "Pacific Marches for Alternation" that attempt to organize each Saturday the most virulent opposition parties. And the formidable anti-riot font disperses Manu Militari each start of gathering, which do not attract more than a few tens of convinced or recklessness. The NGO Human Rights Watch has described Thursday of "implacable repression" this use of force.

The interim results are scheduled for April 25, and the final results on May 15th.

with AFP

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