Chadian Leader set for Extended Stay in Office after Adoption of New Resolutions

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Chad has adopted resolutions that delays democratic elections by two years and allow interim leader Mahamat Idriss Deby to stay in power and be eligible to run for president in the eventual vote.

The decisions have dismayed some opposition forces and defy repeated warnings from the African Union, the United States and other foreign powers that the junta must not monopolise power by extending the transition or fielding presidential candidates.

The military authorities originally promised an 18-month transition period when Deby seized power in April 2021 after his father, President Idriss Deby was killed on the battlefield during a conflict with insurgents.

Under the new plan, approved on Saturday, the transition that was due to end this October has been extended by two years, meaning elections would take place around October 2024.

It also allows Deby to remain in power until the vote, although his Transitional Military Council will be dissolved and replaced by a transitional government, appointed by Deby.