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.

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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