According to the partial results published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), the outgoing Chadian President, Idriss DÃ © by, candidate of the Patriotic Movement of Salvation (MPS), is largely in the lead of the presidential poll held on April 11 and presented as a mere formality according to several observers. In power for 30 years, the president-marshal is said to have won a majority in all but one of the departments out of the 51 announced so far, and obtained a plurality in the other. Results have yet to be announced in 61 additional departments. The 7.3 million Chadian voters out of 15 million inhabitants voted mostly to renew the lease of the outgoing president.
The triumph at the ballot box, however, comes in a tense context with the announcement, on election day itself, of an attack on a Chadian border post by a group of rebels based in Libya, the Front for Change and la concorde au Tchad (FACT), master of a perimeter including the town of Gouri, a nerve center located 200 km from Faya-Largeau. This Saturday, April 17, the British government declared that a FACT convoy was heading south-west towards the capital N’Djamena and had passed the town of Faya, located some 770 km (478 miles). Another convoy was seen approaching the town of Mao, about 220 km north of N’Djamena, the British government said on its travel advice website. The rebel breakthrough makes believe in some chancelleries that France could intervene to save its most important ally in the Sahel as it did in February 2019 by bombarding a column of rebels from the Union des forces de resistance (UFR). Born in April 2016 from a split from the Union of Forces for Democracy and Development (UFDD) which led the 2008 offensives on N’Djamena, FACT is based in Libya, where he struck a non-aggression agreement with Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strongman of eastern Libya.
Despite the tense context, the Chadian president attended the investiture of President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Friday, April 16, re-elected for a fifth term as head of the Congo. Chad is ranked 187th out of 189 in the ranking according to the Human Development Index (HDI) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2020. In 2018, 42% of the population lived below the threshold. poverty, according to the World Bank.