In Chad, several parties have decided to boycott the inclusive national dialogue. What provoke the anger of the President of the Transitional Military Council, Mahamat Idriss Deby.
Is the Chadian national dialogue doomed to failure? Last March, the "pre-dialogue", which took place under the aegis of Qatar, in Doha, had been several times suspended, in particular because of disagreements between the government and opponents of Chad. At the beginning of May, and only a few days before the official launch of the national dialogue scheduled for May 10, the latter had finally been postponed indefinitely, The inclusive national dialogue, scheduled for May 10 in Chad, has been postponed to a later date, lack of agreement between the military power and the Chadian politico-military groups.
Admittedly, the consultations finally began on August 20, in N'Djamena. But by way of dialogue, it would rather be a monologue, according to the Conference of Bishops of Chad, which has just slammed the door of the discussions. However, when the national dialogue was launched, the religious organization welcomed the “inclusive nature” of the consultations.
But less than two weeks later, there was a turnaround: the delegates of the Bishops' Conference of Chad affirmed "not to endorse the stranglehold of a group" on the discussions and announced, on Saturday, their decision to suspend their participation in the work of the national dialogue.
“There was no dialogue. For us, dialogue is based on reciprocal listening", attacks the Conference of Bishops, which claims to have "the impression of attending an electoral campaign with on the one hand those who support change and a renewal of the class policy and, on the other, those who want to continue by putting in a skilfully orchestrated machine". Finally, the religious organization deplores "a crisis of confidence between the different groups" and the lack of sincerity of the discussions.
NGOs threaten to suspend their participation
The departure of the Bishops' Conference was followed by other incidents, which led the Chadian authorities to suspend, yesterday, the inclusive national dialogue until Monday. Blame it on the boycott, by the opposition party The Transformers, of the discussions. For four days, the headquarters of the political formation has also been surrounded by the police, who prevented the holding of a meeting on Saturday.
What provoke the anger of Mahamat Idriss Deby, the president of the Transitional Military Council. "Touching crumbs to climb to the balcony of illusion and division is a choice, but going to the room where the rendezvous of history is held and participating with all the representatives of the Nation in tracing the furrows of the Chad of tomorrow is even better and patriotic,” he warned. A way to marginalize those who refuse to dialogue with him.
But the turmoil around the national dialogue may well be in its infancy. Indeed, the country's human rights associations have given the army an ultimatum. If the latter does not raise its seat around the premises of the Transformers, they assure that they will not take part in the resumption of discussions on Monday.