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General Mahamat Idriss Deby Wins Chad’s Presidential Election

International human rights groups said the elections would be neither credible nor fair. (File)

N’Djamena:

Chad’s military junta leader, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, won the May 6 presidential election with 61 percent of the vote, according to the final results announced Thursday by the Constitutional Council.

The court rejected an appeal to annul the results launched after rival Prime Minister Success Masra claimed victory in the vote.

Mr. Masra came in second place with 18.54%, while former prime minister Albert Pahimi Padake won with 16.93%, said Jean-Bernard Padare, president of the Constitutional Council.

Mr Mathra, who was a fierce opponent of Mr Deby before becoming prime minister four months ago, accused the military chief’s team of rigging the result and called on his supporters to “assemble peacefully”. .

The government has long kept quiet about opposition figures, and Deby’s main rival and cousin, Yaya Dilo Jeroux, was killed in February.

International human rights groups said the elections would be neither credible nor fair.

Deby was declared interim president by his fellow generals three years ago after his father, iron-fisted President Idriss Deby Itno, was killed by rebels after 30 years in power.

The final results are very close to the preliminary results announced by election authorities on May 9th.

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