Chad Prepares for Landmark Presidential Election to End Military Rule

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Chad is on the brink of a historic moment as it prepares to hold its first presidential election in three years, signaling an end to military rule that has dominated the nation's political landscape. 

The upcoming election is poised to usher in a new era of democratic governance, marking a significant milestone for the central African nation.

Under the leadership of General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, who seized power in 2021 following the death of his father, Chad has been under the control of the Transitional Military Council.

 However, with the suspension of the constitution and the installation of General Déby as president, the country has been yearning for a return to civilian rule.

General Déby, at 40 years old, emerged as the favorite among the 10 candidates competing in the election. His rise to power came after his father, who had ruled Chad since 1990, succumbed to injuries sustained on the front lines while visiting troops battling rebels in the north.

With a population of approximately 19 million people, Chad has grappled with political instability since gaining independence from France in 1960.

 The lack of a peaceful transfer of power has been a persistent challenge for the nation. 

However, General Déby has reassured the public that his presidency is only a temporary measure until Chad successfully transitions to a new democratic government.

As the election date approaches, there is cautious optimism among Chadians for a smooth and transparent electoral process, paving the way for a democratic future for the nation.

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