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Junta leader declared winner in Chad’s presidential election

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General Mahamat Déby Itno, who has served as president since seizing power in 2021, cast his vote in N’Djamena on Monday. According to preliminary results from the country’s electoral authority, he emerges victorious from the election. Photo. Mouta / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 10.05.2024 04:53:57

War and conflicts: Déby has received 61 percent of the vote, according to preliminary figures presented by the country’s electoral authority on Thursday evening.

His main challenger, acting Prime Minister Succès Masra, gets just over 18 percent, while former Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké ends up in third place with just under 17 percent of the vote, according to the electoral authority’s figures.

Chad’s Constitutional Council will announce the final election results later.

The military seized power in Chad in 2021 after the country’s recently re-elected president Idriss Déby was allegedly killed in a battle against rebels in the north of the country.

Déby’s son Mahamat Idriss Déby has since ruled the country at the head of a military junta. He stood as a candidate in the presidential election, which was held on 6 May.

Earlier on Thursday, before the preliminary results were presented, Masra claimed to have won the first round of the presidential election. Critics have called the election in the country a farce.

Déby’s main rival Yaya Dillo Djerouer was killed by government forces in March, and other opposition politicians were barred from running.

(© NTB)

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