junta names transition government
Deby’s 37-year-old son Mahamat, who took the helm of the so-called Transitional
Military Council (CMT), named a government comprising 40 ministers and deputy
ministers and created a new national reconciliation ministry, the spokesman said in a
The new ministry is to be headed by Acheick Ibn Oumar, a former rebel chief who
became a diplomatic adviser to the presidency in 2019.
While the main opposition leader, Saleh Kebzabo, was not named to the transition
government, another opposition figure, Mahamat Ahmat Alhabo, will be justice minister,
junta spokesman Azem Bermandoa Agouna announced.
Opposition parties have scorned a pledge by the junta to restore democracy in Chad
within 18 months.
Earlier Sunday, the junta announced the lifting of an overnight curfew introduced after
The army said Deby died from wounds sustained in fighting with rebel forces in the north
of the poor Sahel country last month.
Tensions are high in the country, with the military saying that six people were killed last
week during demonstrations in the capital N’Djamena and the south against the
formation of the junta.
A local aid group has put the death toll at nine. More than 650 people were arrested
during the protests, which had been banned by the authorities.
The military has said that Deby died during fighting with rebels from the Libya-based
Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), who had launched an election day
offensive on April 11.
The announcement of Deby’s death came only a day after he was proclaimed winner
of the presidential election, handing him a sixth term in office after three decades
of iron-fisted rule in the former French colony.