A halo of mystery surrounds Mahamat Idriss Déby, alias "Kaka", son of Idriss Déby and, since his father's death on 18 April, Chad's new head of state. An official biography has been widely distributed since he came to power but needs to be treated with caution with regard to his age, his education and training and his feats on the battlefield.
Moscow is working hard to ensure that the second Russian-African summit, scheduled for 2022, is a success. Picking the country to host it, organising a committee of experts, and deciding who should sit at the round tables are all being meticulously planned.
Yielding to international pressure, the head of the interim goverment Mahamat Idriss Déby, aka "Kaka", has pledged to modify parts of the charter governing the 18-month transition period. On 18 May, the UN Security Council will address the country's situation.
The Transitional Military Council, in power since the death of Idriss Deby, is worried about several Chadian rebel groups active in the Fezzan region of southern Libya. Chad is urgently trying to boost its firepower and wants help from Libya and Niger.
The unconstitutional replacement of late Chadian president Idriss Déby by his son Gen Mahamat Idriss Déby has split the African Union into two camps, with some keen to condemn the new ruling military council and others willing to work with the new authorities as soon as possible.
On the sidelines of Idriss Déby's state funeral on 23 April, the heads of state present in N'Djamena have united to demand new N'Djamena strongman Mahamat Idriss Déby, aka "Kaka", amend the transition charter they deem 'unacceptable'.