chadian government pressured to delay its national dialogue

Chad invites rebels for dialogue

Pressure is piling on the Chadian government to delay the date of a national dialogue, which is set to begin in two weeks.

This is as rebel groups and representatives of the country’s transitional council, are yet to reach an amnesty agreement which is seen as a crucial condition for the success of the talks.

The country has been in turmoil since longtime ruler Idriss Deby was killed on the battlefield.

He was fighting with his soldiers against rebels from the Front for Change and Concord (FACT) in Chad. The FACT group is one of the last remaining rebel groups.

The military swiftly took control, dissolved parliament, paused the constitution and placed the late president’s son Mahamat Deby, also known as Kaka, at the helm of a Transitional Military Council (TMC).

The 37-year-old de facto leader promised a national reconciliation dialogue with a range of political stakeholders in Chad, including the rebels, to discuss and set up a legal framework to hold elections within two years.

Rebel groups agreed to participate but only if certain conditions were met before the talks.

This led to a “pre-dialogue” which is taking place in the Qatari capital, Doha, where about 50 rebel groups presented their demands to a delegation of 24 government representatives.

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