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Helga Dickow in The Conversation: Political violence and processes of democratisation in Chad

Military in Chad 2023, Helga Dickow

The assasination of Chad’s main opposition leader, Yaya Dillo, is hanging heavy over presidential elections due in early May. Dillo was killed on 28 February when the headquarters of the opposition Party Socialiste sans Frontières (Party of Socialists without Borders) in the Chadian capital N'Djamena was besieged by security forces.

It’s not the first violence meted out to the opposition. In October 2022 Chadian security forces killed hundreds of protesters. They were protesting the extension of the transition to democracy from 18 to 36 months and the decision of transitional president Mahamat Idriss Déby to stand as a candidate in presidential elections.

In an article for The Conversation, Helga Dickow sets out what this level of violence portends for the country.

The full article can be read on the website of The Conversation.


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