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Ex-Junta Chief Sworn In As Chad’s President

Former leader of the Military Junta in Chad for three years, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno has been officially sworn in as the President of the country despite opposition objections to the election process.

Deby who was officially declared the winner with 61 per cent of the May 6 vote, an election deemed neither credible nor free by international NGOs and labelled a “masquerade” by his main rival was sworn-in on Thursday, May 23.

Speaking after taking the oath of office, Deby said he swore “before the Chadian people… to fulfil the high functions that the nation has entrusted in us.”

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At the Palace of Arts and Culture in the capital, N’Djamena, eight African heads of state, Constitutional Council members, and numerous guests observed the 40-year-old’s inauguration as president as he donned his customary white boubou.

In an earlier speech, he declared a “return to constitutional order” and promised to represent all Chadians, regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.

Deby was declared the interim president in April 2021 by a council of 15 generals following the assassination of his father, long-time authoritarian leader Idriss Deby Itno, who had ruled for 30 years.

The swearing-in signifies the end of three years of military control in a nation pivotal to the effort against jihadism in Africa’s troubled Sahel region.

The term of the presidency lasts for five years and may be renewed for one more term.

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