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Helga Dickow on the latest developments in Chad in The Conversation

Military in Chad 2023, Helga Dickow

It has been three years since Chad’s former president Idriss Déby Itno died. A transitional authority took over after his death. Yet the transition to democracy that was on the cards following his 31 years in power has failed to materialise.

Chadians hoped for a referendum on whether they wanted to be a unitary or federal state, a return to constitutional order and a return to democracy with elections being held by October 2024.

But the fulfilment of this plan has hit the wall. Following the controversial constitutional referendum, the appointment of opposition leader Succès Masra as prime minister raised fresh concerns. Helga Dickow argues that this will benefit the transitional president Mahamat Idriss Déby - not the Chadian people.

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