Inclusive talks: Chad waits on military council
By John Eche
The measured olive branch handed over to the military council in Chad by opposition leader, Yaya Dillo Djerou to the effect that the opposition would be willing to hold talks on inclusive governance in the country is now awaiting a response from the junta.
Dillo, a former rebel leader who was victim of presidential violence in the run up to the April 11 polls where several members of his family, including his mother, were killed, has cautiously accepted to hold talks with the current ruling junta, while also affirming that he is distrustful of their true intentions.
Until his death recently, Chad’s former strongman, Idris Deby Itno had run the country with an iron fist. His son, General Kaka Mahamat Deby was handpicked to continue in his stead after his death, in clear disregard of the provisions of the constitution that spell out that the Speaker of the National Assembly take charge in a transitional capacity.
Located in the Central African sub-region, Chad is a member of the Economic Commission of Central African States, ECCAS and the African Union, AU. It shares borders with Nigeria, Niger, Libya and Cameroon.
De facto Chadian leader, General Kaka Mahamat Deby