Chad Too Broke To Hold Parliamentary Elections

President of Chad, Idriss Deby has reportedly postponed the parliamentary elections further, citing lack of funds. The parliamentary elections was initially scheduled to hold in 2015.

Chad an exporter of crude oil is experiencing an economic downturn as a result of the fall in oil prices. According to the International Monetary Fund, Chad’s economy contracted by 1.1 percent last year, it’s growth forecast for 2017 was projected at only 1.7 percent growth forecast for 2017.

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Chad’s budget deficit also increased from 6.2 percent of GDP in 2014 to 10.7 percent in 2015, This consequently caused the government to cut spending by 42.5 per cent.

“When I say that we can’t hold legislative polls, it’s because of a lack of means,” Deby told journalists on Thursday following his return from the African Union summit where his former foreign Minister, Moussa Faki was elected as the new African Union commission chairperson.

“In the time of the lean cow, we can do nothing. Once we have the resources, we can organise the legislative elections,” Deby said.

In April 2016, President Deby was re-elected as President of Chad, winning the first round with 60% of the votes. The opposition disputed his win citing irregularities and made a joint appeal to the constitutional council, however, the result was validated by the constitutional council on 4th May stating that it could not review appeals that were submitted jointly.

Nonetheless, President Deby called on the opposition to not refrain from having a dialogue with him on issues concerning the country.

“They should not be afraid to have a dialogue with me, I’m also Chadian like they are,” Deby said. “The opposition must stop cultivating hatred that tears the country apart. Chad doesn’t need that.”

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Idriss Deby is the 9th President of Chad since it’s independence from France in 1960 . President Deby who is also the leader of the Patriotic Salvation Movement party has ruled the west African nation since 1990.