Chad’s main opposition candidate, Saleh Kebzabo, has withdrawn from the country’s upcoming presidential elections slated for April 2021, accusing veteran leader Idriss Deby Itno of using force to intimidate rivals.
The President of the National Union for Democracy and Renewal and deputy in the National Assembly of Chad announced his decision in a statement.
According to him, he had decided to “purely and simply” quit the April 11 race, a day after two people were killed when security forces tried to arrest another candidate, Yaya Dillo Djerou.
At least two people were killed after security forces went to arrest Chad’s opposition candidate Yaya Dillo at his home on Sunday morning, Dillo and the government said.
Kebzabo is one of the 16 people who announced they will run against incumbent President Idriss Deby, who is vying for the sixth time in the election.