Chad’s President Idriss Deby has won a fifth term in office after winning 62% of the vote in elections earlier this month, official results show.
He has avoided a second-round vote, with his nearest rival, Saleh Kebzabo, taking 13% of votes cast. On Tuesday, opposition parties said the vote counting lacked credibility.
Mr Deby, who took power in a coup 26 years ago, is seen by Western governments as a bulwark against Islamist militants in central Africa. The headquarters of the regional multi-national force fighting Boko Haram insurgents is based in Chad. The former French colony is also a base for France’s military operations in Africa. Read more