The ruling junta in N'Djamena has succeeded in avoiding suspension from the AU. Its subtle game of dividing the Peace and Security Council's 15 members has paid off.
Appointed in July as the African Union's high representative for Chad, Congolese diplomat Basile Ikouébé has been sending his reports to his superiors in Addis Ababa. But to date, these have never been discussed in any meeting.
Little inclined to support N'Djamena directly under the rule of Idriss Déby, the European Union has agreed to provide exceptional budgetary assistance to Chad at a time when its finances are in especially poor shape.
The Chadian presidential election is theoretically due to be held in a year's time. With this in mind, various scenarios are being studied by Mahamat Deby's entourage to ensure that the country's interim leader remains in power.
After having been in the running to be an African Union mediator in Chad last year, ex-Nigerien president Mahamadou Issoufou is again on a list of such names, this time for the role of ECOWAS special envoy to Guinea following the fall of Alpha Condé.
Interim president Mahamat Idriss Déby's hope of winning tacit approval for his rule have been dashed after the African Union chose Addis Ababa over N'Djamena for its next summit.
The African Union's hiring policy is something of a weak point, so whoever takes charge of it next will be closely watched by member states.
The French government commission whose green light is needed for the sale of Safran ISR equipment to Chad's air force has twice postponed its decision, to the great displeasure of N'Djamena, which has only a few months to equip its planes before rebels launch their seasonal spring offensive.
Breaking news published on 10/09/21 at 12:00 p.m. - The very strategic visit, first scheduled on July, of Chad's transition leader Mahamat Idriss Déby to Qatar will take place this weekend following two months of negotiations.
Abderrahmane Hassan Déby Itno, a nephew of the late president Idriss Déby, has secured a long-haul business jet for the Chadian transitional authorities to travel around on official business. The low-profile businessman has long played an important role in public procurement.
ECCAS President Denis Sassou Nguesso is timidly trying to play a part in managing Chad's transition. But the international community would clearly prefer the African Union to oversee the next stage.
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.