Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno appointed president of a two-year extended transition

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In Chad, final applause for the inclusive and sovereign national dialogue opened from 20 August with a closing ceremony this morning on Saturday 8 October in N’Djamena. The point in a day full of colors and announcements.

The Palais du 15-Janvier draped itself for the occasion in the blue or red tricolor. A choir whose members were dressed in the same colors opened the session by singing the national anthem. Two representatives of the religious of the three guests each said a prayer. The Catholic Church, which withdrew from the dialogue, did not respond to the invitation of the protocol, he reports our correspondent in N’Djamena, Madjiasra Nako.

Then comes the reading of the announcements and the thanks to the various partners who accompanied the path that led to dialogue. Among the resolutions, former opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo announces that the Transitional Military Council, the group of fifteen generals who have ruled the country for 18 months, is dissolving, at the same time appointing Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno president of the Transition. Thunderous applause in the hall.

Among the main announcements, the modification of the Transition Charter in order in particular to increase the number of members of the National Transitional Council, the provisional Parliament.

In his speech for the occasion, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno invited the political-military movements that are not signatories of the Doha agreement to choose peace and national harmony. And as proof of his good faith, he promised to release all prisoners of war. He also contacted the political parties and civil society who boycotted or slammed the door of these so-called “refounding” meetings in Chad.

I would like to remind them that we are in a continuous and permanent dialogue to build a nation that resembles us and unites us at all times. You can come and take your seat. You can join the process of building our common future. I will never stop repeating it, Chad is our common heritage.

Another passage from his applauded speech, when he once again gave the word of his soldier – as he had already done almost 18 months ago when he promised in front of the diplomatic corps of N’Djamena, not to stand in the first post-transition elections – this time to implement the resolutions of the national dialogue.

I solemnly undertake before God and before the Chadian people as guarantor of this dialogue but also as a soldier and loyal servant of the fatherland, to faithfully translate the resolutions of these meetings into action.

It remains the most difficult according to several Chadians, ” carry out all these beautiful promises “. They remind us that we are not at” the first large mass of its kind from the first about thirty years ago.

Political reactions

For us, the political advantage is to have obtained that the question of the form of the state is subjected to a referendum says Dr Nasra Djimasngar, a party leader who participated in the dialogue. However, you qualify, regretting that army reform, one of the major issues that should be at the center of the debates, has not been sufficiently addressed.

Another party president who took part in the work regrets the absence of substantial debates on the issue of coexistence. “ Chad has been in crisis since 1963 and there have been many unsolved crimes. The opportunity was indicated to establish transitional justice to lay new foundations, but we have missed it “, He complains.

For Max Kemkoye, whose party did not participate in the dialogue, the conclusions reflect what he feared. ” It is a question of legitimizing a power that was not comfortable “, He believes.

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