Chad’s Junta,Deby Mahamat Names Transition Government

Chad’s military junta has named a transition government.

The army spokesman, Azem Bermandoa Agouna disclosed this in a televised statement. Deby’s 37-year-old son Mahamat, the country’s new leader, named a government comprising 40 ministers and deputy ministers.

The Transitional Military Council (CMT) had pledged to restore democracy to the Sahel country within 18 months after what the opposition condemned as an “institutional coup”.

Deby also created a new national reconciliation ministry to be headed by Acheick Ibn Oumar, a former rebel chief who became a diplomatic adviser to the presidency in 2019.

Saleh Kebzabo, a longtime opposition politician was not named to the transition government, but he issued a statement saying he “recognised” it. Two members of his party were appointed.

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Another opposition figure, Mahamat Ahmat Alhabo, will be Justice Minister in the country of around 16 million.

The junta also announced the lifting of an overnight curfew introduced after Deby’s death at the weekend.

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