Chad President Deby Wins a Fifth Term, Electoral Commission Says

  • Idriss Deby extends re-election after 26 years in office
  • African oil producer is wedged between Libya and Nigeria

Chadian President Idriss Deby won a fifth term in office, extending his 26-year rule, the election commission announced.

Deby won 61.6 percent of the votes, with opposition leader Saleh Kebzaho taking 12.8 percent, the commission said late Thursday in a statement on state television. A former army commander who took power in 1990, Deby scrapped term limits in 2005. 

Idriss Deby Itno and his wife wave to supporters on April 8.
Idriss Deby Itno and his wife wave to supporters on April 8.
Photographer: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Chad’s economy has been hurt by the sharp drop in international oil prices and a deterioration of regional security, with an increasingly chaotic Libya to the north and the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in Nigeria to the south. Deby has played a key role in mobilizing regional armies to fight the militants. Oil revenue accounts for about 70 percent of Chad’s budget.

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