Despite the birth of a coalition of 15 opposition parties, Idriss Déby is expected to be re-elected President of Chad in two months.
On April 11, Chadians will vote for their president. Two months before the ballot, the candidacy of Marshal Idriss Déby is beyond doubt. The very authoritarian president of Chad will run for a sixth term. After more than thirty years in power, Déby promises, in the event of re-election, an overhaul of the Constitution of his country. Among its proposals, the limitation to two of the number of mandates. But already, within the population, voices are raised against the candidacy of the marshal, who had arranged with the texts in 2005 to blow up the limit on the number of mandates.
Opponents arrested by the police
And it is not Idriss Déby's semblance of democratic impetus that will silence the critics. All the more so as the regime harshly represses the opposition ... On February 6, opponents of Déby demonstrated against the candidacy of the Chadian president, demanding more "social justice" and alternation. Under cover of a ban on demonstrations, the police arrested around fifteen opponents. Among them, the secretary general of the Chadian Convention for the Defense of Human Rights (CTDDH) Mahamat Nour Ahmed Ibedou.
A few days earlier, around thirty people had already stopped for their participation in a meeting to prepare for a march.
Faced with repression, the opposition is putting itself in working order. Fifteen parties have in fact decided to join forces to block the road to Idriss Déby. The coalition is expected to present a single candidate on April 11. Théophile Bebzoune Bongoro is the man for the job. Founder of the Party for the Rally and Equity in Chad (PRET), the one who has never yet taken part in any election was chosen by majority by opposition officials.
An opposition not so united as that
A quick response to the decision of the Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS), the ruling party, which, unsurprisingly, invested Idriss Déby. If Théophile Bebzoune Bongoro will benefit from the support of fifteen parties, he will be forced to do with another opponent: Romadoumngar Nialbé Félix will indeed represent the Union for Renewal and Democracy (URD), the main opposition party, during the election. presidential, while the movement of Laokein Kourayo Medar and Les Transformateurs have announced that they will not join the coalition. Thus, despite an attempt at union, the divisions of the opposition should consolidate Idriss Déby in his post.