'I know in advance that I will win': Chad's Deby eyes sixth presidential term

By Reuters8 days ago


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By Mahamat Ramadane and Joel Kouam

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad's President Idriss Deby, an ally of Western nations in the fight against Islamist militants, is poised to extend his three-decade rule in Sunday's election despite mounting signs of popular discontent with his leadership.

Opposition leaders have called on their supporters to boycott the polls and make the country “ungovernable“ after Deby's decision to seek a sixth term led to protests and clashes with security forces.

Deby, 68, is one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, having seized power in 1990 in an armed rebellion. He pushed through a new constitution in 2018 that could allow him to stay in power until 2033 - even as it re-instated term limits.

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