Eight years after the disappearance of Chad’s opposition leader Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh, his Party for Freedom and Development (LDP) is once again active in the country’s political landscape and has fielded a candidate for the April 2016 presidential elections.
60-year-old Ahmad Mahamat Alhabo is a former minister and ambassador.
Like other opposition figures, Alhabo has denounced a violation of the electoral rules and promised to bring charges against anyone who does so – an apparent reference to the country’s president Idriss Deby.
Fourteen candidates will compete in the April 10 presidential election.
The Constitutional Council has rejected the application of opposition candidate Ngarleyj Yorongar’s candidacy because of his party’s colours. Yorongar wants President Deby’s candidature rejected as well.
“If there are candidates to be discarded….It is strictly forbidden to choose a logo with a combination of three national colors blue-red-gold. But the emblem of the patriotic Movement of Salvation (MPS) has blue-gold-red which means that the application of Déby is null and void. He cannot be a candidate in the presidential election,” said Yorongar.
Idriss Deby, who has been in power for 26 years, is seeking a fifth term.