Chad court bars key Déby opponents from May 6 presidential vote

Authorities in Chad said on Sunday they had barred 10 candidates, including two fierce opponents of the military regime, from standing in the presidential election on May 6.

The constitutional court said the candidates' applications – namely those of outspoken opponents Nassour Ibrahim Neguy Koursami and Rakhis Ahmat Saleh – had been rejected because they included "irregularities".

Ten other candidates remain in the race – most prominently the current junta leader Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno and his prime minister Succes Masra.

General Déby Itno was proclaimed president by a junta of 15 generals in 2021 following the death of his father Idriss Déby Itno, who had ruled the Sahel country with an iron fist for more than three decades.

The new president promised to hand power back to a civilian government within 18 months and told the African Union he would not stand for election as president.

But he then extended the transition period by two more years and on March 2 officially announced he would run for the top office.

Succes Masra, a former opposition leader, signed a reconciliation deal with the junta leader earlier this year.

He said only the names of "candidates who will accompany the head of the junta during the presidential election" had been approved.

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