- 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.
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.