Chad's incumbent president, Idriss Deby, wins a fifth term in office
As reported by the domestic country’s elections commission, Chad's incumbent president, Idriss Deby Itno, won a fifth term in office in a first-round victory.
Deby, 63, who promoted during the campaign its ability to guarantee security amid extremist violence, took more than 61 percent of the vote in the April 10 poll. This result avoided the organisation of a second-round.
As indicated by the domestic electoral commission, the incumbent head of state is followed by the opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo with 12.80 percent of the vote and by Laokein Kourayo Mbaiherem with 10.60 percent. The turnout rose to 76.11 percent.
“We are happy to have been able to meet the challenge we set for ourselves - a first-round knockout. Now we need to work implementing our program,” Deby's campaign spokesman, Mahamat Hissein, indicated.
Deby came to power through a 1990 military coup.
Chad has played a key role in the fight against terrorism. The Central African country provides a base for a five-nation regional force charged with fighting the Nigerian jihadi group, Boko Haram.
The opposition has challenged the credibility of the vote.
(With Reuters Africa)