Chad: Implications of President Déby's Death and Transition [April 26, 2021]   [open pdf - 662KB]

From the Document: "Chad's President Idriss Déby, a former army chief who seized power in a rebellion in 1990, was pronounced dead on April 20, 2021, reportedly from battlefield injuries, one week after an election that would have given him a sixth term in office. He reportedly was wounded in a visit to the frontline where his troops were defending against a Chadian rebel advance launched from neighboring Libya. An army spokesman gave notice of Déby's death on state television, announcing the dissolution of the government and the National Assembly and the formation of a military council led by Déby's son, General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, aka [also known as] Mahamat Kaka. The military council has proposed, in contravention of the constitution, to lead Chad for an 18-month transitional period before elections are held. Déby, one of the world's longest ruling heads of state, was an influential leader on the continent (his former foreign minister serves as theAfrican Union's top diplomat), in part due to the prowess of Chad's military. The United States, France, and neighboring Nigeria, among others, viewed him as a key counterterrorism partner. Chad's regional military interventions under Deby raised his international status, and by some accounts helped to deflect Western donor concerns over repression, human rights abuses, and corruption."

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CRS In Focus, IF11817
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