Chad’s Deby sworn in as president while Allamaye Halina named new prime minister | Elections News

The inauguration of Mahamat Idriss Deby follows a disputed election and marks the end of three years of military rule.

Chad’s newly elected president Mahamat Idriss Deby has been sworn in to succeed his late father after three years as interim leader under military rule in the north central African country.

Shortly after, the country announced that Allamaye Halina would take over as prime minister after Succes Masra announced his resignation from the position this week.

Speaking at an inauguration ceremony in the capital, N’Djamena, on Thursday, following the close elections earlier this month, Deby said: “To my brothers and sisters who did not elect me… I would like to say that I respect his election, which contributes to the vitality of our democracy.”

Deby won a large 61 percent in the May 6 vote that international NGOs said was neither credible nor free.

He was proclaimed transitional president in April 2021 after rebels killed his father, Idriss Deby, who had ruled Chad since a coup in the early 1990s.

Deby was quickly endorsed as a transitional leader by an international community led by France, whose forces in recent years have been eliminated by military regimes in the former colonies of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. France currently has 1,000 soldiers in Chad.

Thursday’s swearing-in marked the end of three years of military rule in oil-rich Chad, one of Africa’s poorest countries, and made official what the opposition has denounced as a Déby dynasty, accusing the clan and its allies of controlling the main institutions. of power.

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Following the inauguration, Chad named Halina, who was previously his ambassador to China, as his new prime minister in a decree read on state television.

Masra, who resigned from his position on Wednesday, was Déby’s main rival in the election.

He had only served as prime minister since the beginning of the year, and had returned to the country under a reconciliation agreement after a period in exile following the repression of protests against military rule.

The opposition leader came second in the election with 18.54 percent of the vote, unsuccessfully challenging the result over allegations of fraud.

After the Constitutional Council rejected his candidacy, he asked his followers to “remain mobilized” but “in peace.”

Eight African heads of state and foreign dignitaries, including Franck Riester, French Minister of Foreign Trade and Francophonie, attended Deby’s swearing-in ceremony.

The presidential term lasts five years and can be renewed once.

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