Chadian President Idriss Deby Secures Fifth Term


Chadian President Idriss Deby who has been in power since 1990 just won his fifth term in office.

The national election commission announced late on Thursday, 21st April that the 64-year-old defeated over a dozen opponents to retain his position as the leader of the west African country.

According to the constitution, the winner of the election needs more than 50% to avoid a rerun of the elections. Mr Deby secured 61.5 percent of the votes which were cast on 10th April, with his closest rival, Saleh Kebzabo, taking only 13% of votes cast.

Chad's President Idriss Deby Secures Fifth Term

The announcement comes a day after the visit of UN ambassador, Samantha Powers in concern of militants ISIS and Boko Haram collaborating more closely

The west African country is the headquarters of the regional combined force consisting of Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin and Niger, which was made with the sole purpose of combating Islamic terrorism from the Boko Haram sect.

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Following the announcement, Mr Deby made an appearance in front of some of his supporters, thanking them for their votes and telling them, “It’s your victory.”

His supporters celebrated his victory by firing gunshots in the air at the central square in the country’s capital, N’Djamena.

Chad’s presidential polls was plagued by a number of discrepancies from the ban of protests to the termination of internet access and even the ability to send text messages.

Earlier this week, the opposition withdrew from the national election commission for fear that the results will be rigged.

The opposition had alleged that numerous ballot boxes disappeared during the counting process and some members of the security forces who had refused to vote for Mr Deby had gone missing.

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The president however appeared before journalists this week and dispelled claims from the opposition that 60 members of the security forces who voted against him have disappeared.