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Chad: Candidacy of Deby's challenger dismissed

Chad: Candidacy of Deby's challenger dismissed


Yorongar Ngarlejy, main opponent of president Idriss Deby will not participate in the upcoming presidential election because his candidacy has been rejected by the constitutional council.

“The constitutional council in a correspondence addressed to the ‘Action Federation for the Republic’ has notified the rejection of my application on the grounds of the absence of my photo and the emblem,” Ngarlejy told reporters.

Ngarlejy said the same photo and emblems were accepted during elections in 1996 and 2001.

His political party has lodged an appeal to challenge the decision of the constitutional council.

Sources at the supreme court confirmed the rejection of Ngarlejy’s candidacy and have promised to officially announce the accepted candidates on March 10.

Yorongar once acted as minister under Hisène Habré and has refused to work as minister under president Idriss Deby.

Deby took power by force in 1990 and has announced he will vie for a fifth term.

Other opposition leaders like Saleh Kebzabo and Medard Naoukoura, mayor of the second largest town in Chad are among the candidates for the top job.