Hundreds Rally in Support of Chad’s Military Government

The first demonstration authorized by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) was held on Wednesday as close to 200 Chadians organized a rally on the streets of N’Djamena to demonstrate their “unwavering support” for the military power led by the son of President Idriss Déby who died in April.

Nearly 200 activists responded to the call of New Vision, a platform of 42 parties calling themselves opposition, to demonstrate calmly for an hour in N’Djamena, well supervised by the police.

President of Vision Nouvelle, Mahamat Adoum remarked that “… they support this transition because we have no other choice when the institutions are not there. The CMT is fighting for the survival of the Chadian nation,” pleaded, calling on the military to “respect their commitments” to free elections and an “inclusive dialogue”.

He reminded the CMT, led by Mahamat Deby of the promises he made to create “New Vision” which gives its unwavering support to the CMT and the transitional government.” 

As soon as the death of Idriss Déby was announced, the CMT dissolved the National Assembly and the government and abrogated the constitution, before proclaiming Mahamat Déby President of the Republic for a “transitional” period of 18 months, at the end of which the junta promises “free and transparent elections.

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