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In Chad, presidential candidate Saleh Kebzabo said on Monday he was withdrawing his candidacy, the day after an attempt to arrest another opposition candidate. To justify his decision, Saleh Kebzabo denounced “the climate of insecurity which will certainly mar the electoral campaign for the candidates” of the opposition to Idriss Déby Itno’s regime.
The main opponent in Chad, Saleh Kebzabo, announced on Monday 1er March, that he withdrew his candidacy for the presidential election of April 11, accusing the outgoing president Idriss Déby Itno, big favorite for a 6e mandate, to intimidate its competitors by the use of force.
Saleh Kebzabo, four times unsuccessful candidate against Idriss Déby, announced his decision the day after an attempted arrest in N’Djamena of another declared candidate, which resulted in the death of at least two people at his home.
Condemning in a statement “the military attack on the home of Mr. Yaya Dillo Djerou”, the opposition deputy denounces “the climate of insecurity which will certainly taint the electoral campaign for the candidates who will face that of the Patriotic Movement of Salvation (MPS) “, Idriss Déby Itno’s party, which has ruled Chad with an iron fist for more than 30 years.
An election described as a “masquerade”
Consequently, Saleh Kebzabo’s party, the National Union for Democracy and Renewal (UNDR) “decides to withdraw altogether from the electoral process so as not to have to serve as a guarantee for the masquerade which is being prepared on a large scale. scale, “the statement concludes.
Saleh Kebzabo, second in the last presidential election in 2016 with 12.8% of the vote, announced on February 12 his candidacy for the April ballot.
Idriss Déby Itno seized power in 1990 after a coup d’état. Saleh Kebzabo, a former journalist, who came third in the 1996 presidential election, joined the head of state in the second round, before entering his government. He will chain the portfolios there until his break with the president in 1999, which he will still face unsuccessfully in the presidential elections of 2001, 2006 and 2016.