Mahamat Deby Pledges Two-Term Limit Amid Concerns of Dynastic Rule in Chad

Transitional president of Chad, Mahamat Idriss Déby, pledges to limit presidential tenure to two terms, addressing concerns of dynastic rule. Openness to international investigation and democratic elections signal a shift towards transparency.

Quadri Adejumo
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Mahamat Deby Pledges Two-Term Limit Amid Concerns of Dynastic Rule in Chad

Mahamat Deby Pledges Two-Term Limit Amid Concerns of Dynastic Rule in Chad

Mahamat Idriss Déby, the transitional president of Chad and a candidate in the upcoming presidential election, has pledged to not exceed two consecutive presidential terms in accordance with the country's Constitution. This declaration aims to ease concerns about a possible perpetuation of power, as Déby has presided over Chad since the death of his father in 2021.

Addressing suspicions of a 'masquerade' election on May 6, Déby reiterates that the choice of Chadians will be honored. Regarding the controversies surrounding the death of opponent Yahya Dilo, Déby shows openness to an international investigation and emphasizes the transparency of the authorities on the subject.

Why this matters: The pledge by Mahamat Deby to limit his presidential tenure to two terms, if elected, is a significant step towards addressing concerns of dynastic rule in Chad. It also highlights the importance of free and fair elections in ensuring a democratic transition of power in the country.

As for the French military presence in Chad, Déby wishes to diversify cooperation beyond defense, now prioritizing the economic aspect. While relations with Russia are under scrutiny, the transitional president affirmed that Chad was not seeking to replace its historic security partnership with France.

In a separate development, Déby sent a written message to the Amir of Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, regarding bilateral relations and ways to support and develop them. The message was received by the Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, HE Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al Khulaifi, during his meeting with the Director of the Civil Office at the Presidency of the Republic of Chad, Idriss Youssouf Boy, who is currently visiting Qatar. The meeting also discussed a number of regional and international issues of common interest, especially the developments in the African continent.

Mahamat Idriss Déby's pledge to respect the two-term presidential limit set by Chad's Constitution is a pivotal step in addressing concerns about the perpetuation of dynastic rule in the country. As Chad prepares for the upcoming presidential election on May 6, Déby's commitment to honoring the choice of the Chadian people and his openness to an international investigation into the death of opponent Yahya Dilo demonstrate a willingness to ensure a transparent and democratic process.

Key Takeaways

  • Mahamat Idriss Déby pledges to limit presidential terms to 2 in Chad.
  • Déby affirms Chadians' choice will be honored in upcoming election.
  • Déby open to international probe into opponent Yahya Dilo's death.
  • Déby seeks to diversify Chad's cooperation with France beyond defense.
  • Déby sends message to Qatar's Amir on bilateral relations and support.