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New government named by Chad’s military leaders

– – A new transitional government has been named by Military leaders in Chad led by Mahamat Idriss Déby Kaka, the son of long-time ruler Idriss Déby. President Déby died last month from injuries he sustained on the battle front with rebels. According to the army 40 ministers and their deputies have been appointed with former rebel chief, Acheick Ibn Oumar as head of the new national reconciliation ministry. Several other long-time opponents of the former president were given portfolios in the new transitional government. The military made the announcement…

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Chad holds state funeral for late president Idriss Déby

– – A state funeral for Chad’s late President Idriss Déby Itno is taking place on Friday in the capital N’Djamena. He will receive military honours and a prayer will be said at the Grand Mosque of N’Djamena. Mr Déby’s body will be flown to Amdjarass, a small village next to his hometown of Berdoba, near the Sudanese border for burial. At least 16 Heads of State and Government, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo are attending…

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African Union meets over political crisis in Chad

– – The African Union’s peace and security council is meeting on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Chad. It follows what analysts say is a subtle military takeover after the death of the country’s leader, Idriss Déby. President Idriss Déby died during clashes with rebels who were advancing unto the country’s capital over the weekend. The army appointed President Idriss Déby’s son, Mahamat to take over, a move that has been rejected by the opposition politicians in Chad. Major opposition parties on Wednesday denounced what they called an…

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Chad’s President Idriss Déby killed in clashes with rebels

The government and parliament have been dissolved with a military council now set to govern for the next 18 months. The 68-year-old Deby is a former army officer who came to power in 1990 after he overthrew autocratic leader Hissene Habre. – – He has played a key role in the fight against Islamist militants in West and Central Africa during his presidency. Chad under Deby is also one of the largest contributors to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. Sourced from Africa Feeds

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Chad’s President set to extend rule in presidential election

– – Voters are choosing a new president in Chad’s Presidential election on Sunday with the incumbent Idriss Deby Itno set to secure a sixth term in office. He has already spent 30 years in power and remains the favourite to win Sunday’s vote. When his ruling party announced the decision to nominate President Deby, protests broke out on the streets. Before Sunday’s votes rights groups and opposition politicians said authorities had been cracking down on dissent. In a statement on Friday, the government rejected these allegations, calling them an…

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Global celebrities sign letter to back LGBTQ+ rights in Ghana

– – Global celebrities including Actor Idris Elba and fashion icon Naomi Campbell have signed an open letter showing support for the LBTQ+ community in Ghana. 67 of such celebrities and influential figures with Ghanaian origin signed the letter in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community amid recent uproar over gay rights activities. In the letter published in the media, the celebrities said “In recent weeks we have watched with profound concern as you have had to question the safety of your vital work at the LGBT+ Rights Ghana Centre in…

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Activist jailed for saying Chad’s president Idriss Déby is ill

– – The head of the Chadian Organisation of Human Rights, Baradine Berdei Targuio has been jailed for saying the country’s President, Idriss Déby is ill. Targuio was arrested in January 2020 after publishing the said comment in a Facebook post about President Déby. A Chadian court sentenced him to three years in jail for his Facebook post in which he also claimed President Déby was being treated in France. The Criminal Court in the capital N’Djamena found him guilty of “attacking the constitutional order”. Political opponents of the President…

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Chad: Protests erupt as Idriss Deby gets nominated for sixth term

– – Protests erupted in Chad on Saturday after President Idriss Deby Itno was nominated by his party to seek sixth term in office. He is set to contest for re-election in the April 11, 2021 election despite already spending 30 years in power. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters who stormed the streets on Saturday, to oppose the decision of the ruling party. The protesters burned tyres and chanted “No to a sixth term” and “Leave, Deby!”. during the protest in the capital N’Djamena. President Deby pushed…

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