Spotlight | Chad
Mahamat Idriss Déby under fire at home and abroad

The president of the Chadian transition, Mahamat Idriss Déby.
The president of the Chadian transition, Mahamat Idriss Déby. © Mehdi Chebil/Hans Lucas via Reuters Connect
With the Chadian transition looking like it will last well beyond the 18 months initially envisaged, Chad's interim leader has been taking flak from Paris and Washington, two of his main partners. He had to field a tense phone call from Emmanuel Macron last month, the so-called pre-dialogue in Doha is dragging on, and discontent is growing in his own camp. [...]
Published on 15.07.2022 at 05:00 GMT Reading time 4 minutes
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It was thanks to a cooperation between the Chadian army and a French contingent from Operation Barkhane that a French-Australian hostage was released on 30 October, after being kidnapped two days earlier. The successful collaboration stands in stark contrast with the current tensions between Chad and France, triggered by N'Djamena's bloody clampdown on protests on 21 October.

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