The Military Council in Chad announced the formation of a government after its dismissal of the previous government and the dissolution of Parliament following the killing of President Idriss Deby, while the African delegation continues to investigate facts in this country.
And Mohamed Idriss Déby, the son of the late president, who heads the temporary military council, was appointed in a decree of 40 ministers and state secretaries, with the creation of a new ministry for national reconciliation.
On Monday, the head of the military council appointed Albert Bahimi Badaki as head of the transitional government, the last prime minister in the era of Idriss Deby, before the latter abolished this post in 2018.
Badaki promised a “government of national reconciliation” and launched “wide consultations” with the aim of proposing names to the head of the interim military council.
The portfolio of national reconciliation and dialogue was entrusted to Ichik bin Omar, the former rebel leader, who in 2019 became a diplomatic advisor to the presidency.
Former ministers in the last government of Idriss Déby remained in their posts or took over new ministries, and government spokesman Sherif Muhammad Zain was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and he had previously assumed this portfolio between 2018 and 2020.
However, the most prominent opposition parties, as well as trade unions and civil society activists, considered the arrival of Déby’s son to power as a “constitutional coup”, calling for a “transitional phase that would be undertaken by civilians.”
As for Saleh Kabzabo – the most prominent opponent of Chadian President Idriss Deby, who spent two weeks ago – he expressed in a statement to the French Press Agency Sunday his recognition of the authority of the Transitional Military Council formed by the son of the late president, and pledged to re-establish civil order in the country within 18 months. Advertising
“We recognize the transitional military council, otherwise we wouldn’t participate in the government,” said Kabzabo.
Since the death of Idriss Déby, his son Muhammad has practically held all powers, surrounded by 14 generals – all of whom were loyal to his father – Muhammad Déby dissolved the National Assembly and the government, and assumed the titles of President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Military Forces.
On April 27, demonstrations against the military council – at the invitation of the opposition and civil society to denounce the “coup against institutions” – left 6 dead in the capital, N’Djamena and the south of the country, according to the authorities, and 9 according to a local non-governmental organization report, and more than 650 people were arrested during this Banned and severely suppressed protests.
Yesterday, the ruling military council in Chad announced the lifting of the curfew imposed 12 days ago after the killing of President Idriss Deby in battles with the rebels, while 6 soldiers and hundreds of militants were killed in clashes that broke out near the border with Niger.
In this context, the delegation of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union continues the task of finding facts about the situation in Chad.
The head of the African Peace and Security Council, Mohamed Farah, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that the union does not accept any transfer of power through unconstitutional means.