Chad's Mahamat Deby Has Been Confirmed as the Winner of the Disputed Presidential Election - Latest Global News

Chad’s Mahamat Deby Has Been Confirmed as the Winner of the Disputed Presidential Election

Deby’s victory extends the reign of the family, which has had a firm grip on power for decades.

Chad’s Constitutional Council has confirmed Mahamat Idriss Deby as the winner of the May 6 presidential election after rejecting challenges from two losing candidates – cementing a victory that extended his family’s decades-long rule.

Deby, who took power and declared himself interim leader on the day rebels killed his father, President Idriss Deby, in 2021, received 61 percent of the vote, well ahead of second-place candidate Succes Masra with 18.54 percent , the council announced on Thursday.

The oil-producing country is the first of a number of states in West and Central Africa’s Sahel region that have been hit by a coup and sought to return to constitutional rule through elections.

It remains a key Western ally in the fight against al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS)-linked groups in the Sahel, even as Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso drove out Western forces and instead turned to Russia for support .

But Washington and former colonial power France have been keeping a watchful eye since the head of Chad’s air force ordered the U.S. to halt activities at an air base last month, citing paperwork problems. In response, the US announced a temporary withdrawal of at least some troops.

Masra, who has been prime minister in a caretaker government since January, appealed to the Constitutional Council on Monday to challenge the preliminary results released last week.

Masra claimed victory before the official announcement of the preliminary results and alleged that electoral fraud was being planned. He said he would give a live address later Thursday.

Chad has experienced coups, authoritarian governments and rebel attacks since gaining independence from France in 1960.

Albert Pahimini Padacke, the other candidate who challenged the preliminary results, congratulated Deby on his victory.

The Constitutional Council decided that both complaints were not sufficiently proven.

“In view of the votes cast on the occasion of the presidential election of May 6, in which Mahamat Idriss Deby… received more than the absolute majority of the votes cast, it is appropriate to declare him elected President of the Republic,” the Council said President Jean -Bernard Padare.

International human rights groups had said the election was neither credible nor fair.

The International Federation for Human Rights had warned that the election appeared “neither credible, free nor democratic”.

The International Crisis Group also noted that “a number of issues leading up to the vote cast doubt on its credibility.”

Deby’s victory extends the reign of the family, which has had a tight grip on power since Deby’s father took power in a coup in the early 1990s.

According to Amnesty International and Chadian media, at least ten people, including children, were killed and dozens injured in celebratory gunfire on Friday after the preliminary results were announced.

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