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Chad: Opposition forms coalition to challenge Deby

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<p><strong>Six candidates defeated in Chad’s presidential election held in April have joined hands to make president Idris Deby’s investiture an unsuccessful event.</strong></p> Opposition leaders of 29 political parties have grouped themselves under one umbrella body called “the Front of the New Opposition for change.” <p>The group says the recent presidential vote in April was rigged and is calling on all Chadians to mobilise and defend their vote. </p> <p>64-year-old president Deby emerged victorious in April’s election with 61.56 percent of the vote followed by opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo who got 12.80 percent.</p> <p>Idriss Deby took power in 1990 after toppling Hissene Habre sentenced two months ago for crimes against humanity committed between 1982 to 1990.</p> <p>President Deby has been committed in in the fight against armed Islamic groups in Central Africa and the Sahel.</p>
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