Chad’s Idriss Deby wins 6th term, extends 30 year rule

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Chad’s President Idriss Deby has won a sixth term, with 70.32 per cent of the votes cast in the April 11 election.

According to provisional election results from the Chairman of the  Independent National Electoral Commission, Kodi Mahamat, while the turnout was 64.81 per cent, former prime minister Albert Pahimi Padacke came in second with just 10.32 per cent in the presidential vote.

The 68-year-old Deby, who came to power in a rebellion in 1990, was expected to give a victory speech to supporters but his campaign director, Mahamat Zen Bada, said he had instead gone to visit Chadian soldiers on the front lines.

“The candidate would have liked to have been here to celebrate … but right now, he is alongside our valiant defence and security forces to fight the terrorists threatening our territory,” Zen Bada told reporters.

The rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), which is based across the northern frontier with Libya, attacked a border post on election day and then advanced hundreds of kilometres south.

Chad’s military spokesman, Azem Bermendao Agouna, told the Reuters news agency that army troops killed more than 300 fighters and captured 150 on Saturday in Kanem province, around 300 kilometres (185 miles) from Ndjamena.

Five government soldiers were killed and 36 were injured, he said.

Chadian state television on Sunday showed images of a crowd of soldiers cheering next to what state television said were dozens of captured rebel fighters, who sat with their hands tied behind their backs.

It was not possible to independently verify the number of casualties.

 

 




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