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Chad’s Deby sworn in as President after three years of military rule

N’Djamena Reuters Chad’s newly elected President Mahamat Idriss Deby was sworn in to succeed his late father on Thursday, after three years as an interim leader under military rule in the central African country. Deby seized power after rebels killed his father, long-standing President Idriss Deby, as he was visiting troops fighting militias in the […]

Chad’s Mahamat Deby confirmed as winner of disputed election

N’Djamena, Mali Reuters Chad’s constitutional council confirmed Mahamat Idriss Deby as winner of the 6th May presidential election on Thursday after dismissing challenges by two losing candidates – cementing a victory that extended his family’s decades-long rule. Deby, who seized power the day rebels killed his father, President Idriss Deby, in 2021 and declared himself […]

Chad declares interim President Deby winner of disputed vote

N’Djamena, Chad Reuters Chad’s state election body said on Thursday interim President Mahamat Idriss Deby had won the 6th May presidential election outright with over 61 per cent of the vote, citing provisional results, even as his main challenger declared himself the winner. Chad’s junta has become the first of the coup-hit countries in West […]

Chad votes in first Sahel presidential poll since wave of coups

N’Djamena, Chad Reuters Chadians go to the polls on Monday three years after their military leader seized power, in the first presidential election in Africa’s Sahel region since a wave of coups. Analysts say Mahamat Idriss Deby, who seized power the day rebels killed his long-ruling father Idriss Deby in April, 2021, is most likely […]

Chad prepares to vote in a coup-hit region, wary allies look on

N’Djamena, Chad Reuters Chad will hold presidential elections on Monday, making it the first in a string of coup-hit states across Central and West Africa to use the ballot box to try to emerge from years of military rule. Opposition groups have already cried foul. The candidate widely expected to win is Mahamat Idriss Deby […]

Sudan’s uprooted millions pay price for year-long war

Cairo, Egypt/Port Sudan, Sudan Reuters After fleeing from the war in Sudan to Egypt, Mohamed Ismail says his ambitions are limited to putting food in the mouths of his five children from a meagre monthly salary of about $100 earned at a paper factory in Giza. One seven-year-old son sleeps in his arms because of […]

Chad interim president Deby kicks off campaign for vote set to end junta rule

N’Djamena, Chad Reuters Chad’s interim President Mahamat Idriss Deby kicked off his presidential campaign on Sunday for an election next month meant to end three years of military rule on a promise to strengthen security and boost the economy. Deby’s government is one of several juntas that seized power in West and Central Africa since […]

Bangladesh, Pakistan and India bottom in air quality rankings in 2023, data shows

Singapore Reuters Pakistan remained one of the world’s three smoggiest countries in 2023, as Bangladesh and India replaced Chad and Iran, with particulate matter about 15 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization, data published on Tuesday showed. Average concentrations of PM2.5 – small airborne particles that damage the lungs – reached 79.9 […]