Chadian President, Idriss Deby Wins 5th Term

Idriss DebyThe Chadian President, Idriss Deby, is in very high spirits as he has secured a fifth term in office after winning more than 60% of the votes in the first round of presidential polls.

President Deby has been in power since 1990, when he orchestrated a military coup.

Based on the outcome of the vote, the opposition has expressed huge doubts over the credibility of the polls, especially after the opposition leader, Saleh Kebzabo finished a distant second with just under 13%.

Chad has one of the most capable armies in the region and President Deby has played a key role in efforts backed by the west to combat neighbouring Nigeria’s Islamic State-affiliated Boko Haram fighters as well as Al Qaeda militants.