8, August 2016
21 cannon shots were fired Monday in N’Djamena, at the inauguration ceremony of President Idriss Deby for a fifth term as head of the country. The head of the Chadian government was sworn in before the Constitutional Council for a new mandate. Idriss Deby, 64, has ruled Chad for over 25 years and was re-elected in the first round of voting on April the 10th with 59.92% of votes. The inauguration this Monday, August 8, has handed the Chadian dictator another five years term.
Fifteen Heads of State and Government made the trip to N’Djamena for the occasion. They included Rwandan Paul Kagame, Sudan’s Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Niger’s Mamadou Issoufou, the Mauritanian Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Egyptian Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, the Ugandan Yoweri Museveni, Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari , Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, Guinea’s Alpha Conde, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, Burkina Faso’s Roch Christian Kaboré, the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadéra, Benin Patrice Talon and the Congolese Kabila. President Paul Biya of Cameroon whose country is engaged in the war against Boko Haram with the republic of Chad was conspicuously absence.
The day before the inauguration, a Chadian youth was shot dead in an anti-President Deby demonstration. During his speech, Idriss Deby announced a continuation of the military reform and the preservation of peace and security.
By Chi Prudence Asong