Chad’s Transitional Leader, Mahamat Deby visits Buhari in Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari has met with Chad’s Transitional Leader, General Mahamat Idriss Deby at the State House in Abuja.

Both leaders are discussing the transition process and the fight against insurgents in the Lake Chad Basin.

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General Mahamat came to power after his father, President Idriss Déby Itno, died following clashes with rebels in April 2021 in the north of the country.

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The  Transitional Military Council had pledged to restore democracy to the poor Sahel country within 18 months after what the opposition condemned as an “institutional coup”.

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Deby’s 37-year-old son Mahamat, the country’s new strongman, named a government comprising 40 ministers and deputy ministers, junta spokesman Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a televised statement.

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Deby also created a new national reconciliation ministry to be headed by Acheick Ibn Oumar, a former rebel chief who became a diplomatic adviser to the presidency in 2019.

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Longtime opposition politician Saleh Kebzabo was not named to the transition government, but he issued a statement saying he “recognised” it.

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Chad was thrown into turmoil by Deby’s death, announced just the day after he was declared the winner of an April 11 election — giving him a sixth mandate after 30 years at the helm.

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