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Chad: Opposition forms coalition to challenge Deby


Six candidates defeated in Chad’s presidential election held in April have joined hands to make president Idris Deby’s investiture an unsuccessful event.

Opposition leaders of 29 political parties have grouped themselves under one umbrella body called “the Front of the New Opposition for change.” The group says the recent presidential vote in April was rigged and is calling on all Chadians to mobilise and defend their vote.

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.

Idriss Deby took power in 1990 after toppling Hissene Habre sentenced two months ago for crimes against humanity committed between 1982 to 1990.

President Deby has been committed in in the fight against armed Islamic groups in Central Africa and the Sahel.

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