Tuesday, 20 April 2021 03:52

Chad President Deby Wins Re-Election, Extends 30yrs In Power

Chad President Idriss Deby has won re-election, provisional results from the April 11 poll showed on Monday, extending his 30 years in power.

Deby is re-elected into office the 6th term with 79.32 percent of the votes cast in April 11 election, according to provisional results from the electoral commission.

He is one of Africa's longest-serving leaders and an ally of Western powers in the fight against militants in West and Central Africa.

power in 1990 in an armed rebellion, and in 2018 pushed through a new constitution that could let him stay in power until 2033 – even as it reinstated term limits.

He has relied on a firm grip over state institutions and one of the region's most capable militaries to maintain power. 

Deby said recently he knew in advance that he would win again "as I have done for the last 30 years".

Several leading opponents boycotted the race, including the 2016 runner-up Saleh Kebzabo, who has vowed to make Chad "ungovernable" if Deby wins.



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