Idriss Deby, the Chadian President Wins Fifth Term (Download PDF)


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Chad’s President, Idriss Deby has won a fifth term in office in first-round victory. Idriss Deby’s Patriotic Salvation Movement party secured the 61.56 % of the vote in the first-round runoff in election of 2016.

Image of Idriss Deby

Image of Idriss Deby

Idriss Deby President of Chandian

  • Opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo finished at second position with 12.80 % of the vote and Laokein Kourayo Mbaiherem with 10.60%.
  • For the first time, he became President of Chad after defeating President Hissene Habre in a military rebellion.
  • Earlier he had won the elections in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 after 2 term limits of President were eliminated.
  • He is also Chairperson of the African Union as he was elected by the Assembly of Heads of State of AU in January 2016 for one year term.

About Chad:

  • It is a landlocked country in northern Central Africa.
  • Landlocked country or State is a State or Country which is enclosed by land or whose coastlines lie only on closed areas.
  • It became independent in 1960 under the leadership of Chad’s first President Francois Tombalbaye.
  • It is one of the poorest and most corrupted countries in the world as most inhabitants live in poverty as survival herders and farmers.

About Idriss Deby:

  • Idriss Deby was born on 18th June 1952.
  • He is a Chadian politician and President of Chad since 1990.
  • He is of the Bidyat clan of the Zaghawa ethnic group.
  • Zaghawaethnic group is also called as Zakhwa who survives by herding of cattle, camels and sheeps and also by harvesting wild grains.
  • He was preceded by former President of Chad Hissene habre.
  • He also won elections in 2001, 2006, 2011.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 25, 2016


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