Chadian rebels relaunch peacebuilding talks with interim military authorities


The decision revives the possibility of their participation in a national dialogue in August which is believed to be a precursor to long-awaited elections after interim President Mahamat Idriss Deby took power following the death of his father last year.

In a statement, the rebel groups said they would resume talks, without giving further details. They had previously accused the interim authorities of creating a “bad atmosphere” during the negotiations in Qatar.

Deby declared himself to head a Transitional Military Council in April 2021 after his father, longtime Chadian leader Idriss Deby, was killed while visiting troops fighting the rebel insurgency. in the north.

Initially, his council said it would oversee an 18-month transition to democratic rule, but showed little sign of holding an election as that deadline approached.

The Chadian authorities have set August 20 as the date for the national dialogue. Deby presented this as the first step towards planning a vote. It would theoretically include armed groups, but the conditions for their participation have not yet been determined.

Pressure has begun to build from opposition groups in Chad and bilateral partners to advance the transition process.

Chad is an ally of France and other Western countries in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa’s Sahel region.

(Writing by Alessandra; Editing by Leslie Adler)

By Mahamat Ramadane


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