Chad’s President wins reelection, extending 30 years in power

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President Idriss Deby of Chad has won a sixth term in office as confirmed in provisional results released by the election commission on Monday April 19.

The elections were held on April 11 and had a turnout of just under 65%. Former prime minister Albert Pahimi Padacke came in second with 10.32% of the vote, while Chad’s first female president candidate, Lydie Beassemda, secured 3.16%. The election was boycotted by the country’s top opposition leaders.

Mr Deby who has ruled Chad for 30 years, had campaigned for peace and security in the country afflicted by violence. The Supreme Court still has to approve the results after considering possible appeals.

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