In Chad, junta leader Mahamat Déby appoints transitional parliament

Five months after proclaiming himself President of Chad, the leader of the military junta Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno “Designated”, Friday, September 24, ninety-three deputies from a transitional parliament he had promised.

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“The Transition Advisors” Where “Transition deputies” will, within the National Transitional Council (CNT), “Act as an interim National Assembly (…) while the legal institutions of the Republic are restored”, specifies a file distributed to the press.

On April 20, announcing the death of Marshal Idriss Déby, who had just been declared re-elected after 30 years in unchallenged power, General Mahamat Déby was proclaimed Head of State at the head of a Transitional Military Council ( CMT), made up of fourteen other generals loyal to his father.

The CMT immediately dismissed the government, dissolved the National Assembly and repealed the Constitution. The junta promised elections “Free and transparent” within 18 months, renewable once, and quickly appoint an interim parliament pending the polls, the CNT. It took five months to see the light of day.

No integrated Wakit Tamma member

According to the press release, the 93 members “Designated” of the CNT come from “Twelve components” and respect the quotas fixed in advance: in particular at least 30% of deputies of the outgoing National Assembly, 30% of women and 30% of young people.

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Members of the former opposition to the late President Déby, some of whom had accepted the “Inclusive dialogue” promised by the junta, are part of it but none of the Wakit Tamma platform, parties and civil society organizations that denounce a ” Rebellion “ April 20.

“We are not in the CNT. No Wakit Tamma member. We are on the side of the people ”, assured Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Friday evening the coordinator of this platform of the opposition to the CMT, Max Loalngar.

A transition that could be prolonged

No country has yet denounced the seizure of power by the junta. And, immediately after his proclamation, Mahamat Déby, had received the noticed support of France, the former colonial power, of the European Union, then of the African Union, on the condition that the elections be organized 18 months later. .

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The Chadian army is considered to be the pillar, alongside the French soldiers of Operation Barkhane, of a coalition fighting the jihadists in the Sahel strip.

General Déby did not recently rule out extending the transition by 18 months if ” certain conditions “ were not met. But under international pressure, he appointed, on May 11, a government headed by a civilian prime minister, Albert Pahimi Padacké. However, most of the executive power remains in its hands.

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Since taking power, young General Déby has extended his hand to all rebel groups who agree to lay down their arms and come and participate in a future. “Inclusive dialogue”, for the time being still rejected by part of the armed movements.

The World with AFP

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