Troubled elections for members of the Presidency of the “Inclusive National Dialogue” in Chad – Hoy 24

The members of the Presidency, which will manage the work of the “comprehensive national dialogue” in Chad between the civil and armed opposition on the one hand, and the military council on the other, were elected in a feverish atmosphere.

Among the 1,400 delegates who participated in the dialogue, more than 500 people applied to join the 21-member Presidency, who were appointed on Sunday as members of the Organizing Committee of the Comprehensive National Dialogue.

And he was elected to head the commission, Ghali Ngoti Ghata, who was a candidate for the Chadian presidency in 2016, against former Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled the country with an iron hand for 30 years.

“He is a man of the stage, he is a politician with great experience and he was a minister,” Saleh Kebzabo, former presidential candidate and opponent of Idriss Deby Itno and vice-president of the organizing committee of the inclusive national dialogue, said in an interview with AFP about Ghali Ngoti Ghata. .

However, the announcement of the composition of the Presidency was greeted with several delegates standing up and shouting protests.

“We oppose the establishment of this office,” said Gilbert Maon Donodji, a civil society member. We do not support the way things are going and we call on Mohamed Idriss Deby to address this, otherwise we will not engage in this dialogue.”

On Saturday, several small political parties threatened in a statement to withdraw from the dialogue, denouncing “maneuvers aimed at undermining the success of the dialogue, long awaited by the Chadian people.”

The committees’ work is expected to begin on August 30. The main agenda of the dialogue forum was set for September 20 to hold a closing ceremony of the activities.

And Mohamed Idriss Deby assumed power in April 2021 at the head of the Transitional Military Council after the death of his father, Idriss Deby, and promised to organize a dialogue with the opposition to reach the return of power to civilians within a period of 18 months. , renewable once.