Chad Junta Leader, Mahamat Deby Names Transitional Parliament

This handout photo from the Chad Presidential Palace taken on April 27, 2021 shows General Mahamat Idriss Deby, Chad’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) leader, delivering a message at the presidential palace in N’Djamena. – Chad’s new junta leader pledged national dialogue as at least five people died on April 27, 2021 during banned protests against his generals, who took power after the shock battlefield death of his father and veteran ruler Idriss Deby Itno. (Photo by Brahim ADJI / Tchad Presidential Palace / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /Brahim Adji/ Tchad Presidential Palace ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Chad’s military leader, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, on Friday, named 93 members of a new interim parliament, five months after declaring himself leader following the death of his father Idriss Deby Itno.

He declared himself head of the Transitional Military Council on April 20, dissolved parliament and promised “free and transparent” elections in 18 months.

He said “the following people have been designated members of the National Transitional Council,

Members of the former opposition of the late president Deby were among the members, but none from the opposition platform Wakit Tamma, or from the civil society organisations who have denounced the coup by the younger Deby.

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According to the press statement, the 93 members of the NTC were made up of parties previously represented in the dissolved parliament, other parties that were not, members of the security and armed forces, civil society organisations, and youth and women’s organisations.

The NTC “will act as a national assembly of transition” ahead of elections, said a dossier distributed to the media.

Mahamat Deby recently refused to rule out prolonging the 18-month transition period if “certain conditions” were not fulfilled.

Chad has been the theatre of coups and attempted coups since it gained independence from France in 1960.

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