Rebel groups ask Chad not to extend the transition period after the postponement of the national dialogue


The Chadian rebel groups that have shown their willingness to participate in a national dialogue process to end the crisis have called on the authorities not to extend the transition period, after the postponement of the start of the consultations, scheduled for 10 May in Qatar.

The representatives of the three groups present in Doha have applauded Qatar’s request for a postponement of the National Inclusive and Sovereign Dialogue, although they have stressed that “it should not be a pretext to prolong the duration of the transition”.

Thus, they have called on “all political actors” to agree on a new date for the start of the talks and have shown their respect for “the legitimate aspirations of the Chadian people for real peace,” according to the Chadian news portal Chad Infos.

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Chad is led by a Transitional Military Council (CMT) headed by Mahamat Idriss Déby, who took office after the death in April 2021 of his father, Idriss Déby, in combat with the Front for Alternation and Concord rebels. in Chad (FACT).

The CMT appointed in May 2021 a new transitional government in which some opponents are integrated and with Albert Pahimi Padacké as Prime Minister. Déby has stressed that he does not seek to remain in power forever and has promised to work towards the stabilization of the country and the holding of elections.

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The death of Déby –who had held power since 1990, after leading a coup that overthrew the dictator Hissène Habré– in the middle of the FACT offensive has been a serious blow to the stability of the country and the region, due to the importance of the territory in the fight against international terrorism in the Sahel and the Lake Chad basin.

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