Chad: Junta chief Deby declared winner of presidential election

His father ruled Chad for a generation, and now Mahamat Deby Itno has consolidated the family dynasty with victory in the presidential election.

Military leader Mahamat Deby Itno has been declared the winner of this week’s presidential election in Chad, according to preliminary results released Thursday.

The outcome of Monday’s vote extends his family’s decades-long grip on power.

Masra feared that the election would be rigged

The ANGE electoral commission said Deby got 61.03% of the vote, beating his main opponent, Prime Minister Succes Masra, who only got 18.53%.

Soldiers fired shots into the air in the capital N’Djamena out of joy and to discourage protesters, according to the AFP news agency. Masra had earlier claimed victory and warned Deby’s team against manipulating the results.

Takes over power

Chad held its long-delayed presidential election after three years of military rule. Deby Itno, also known as Mahamat Idriss Deby, came to power after his father, who spent three decades at the helm, was killed fighting rebels in 2021.

The oil-exporting country of nearly 18 million people has not had a free and fair transfer of power since it became independent in 1960. That independence came after decades of French colonial rule.

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