Mahamat Idriss Deby's special adviser, Abakar Manany, made extensive use of his connections to prepare the Chadian president's December visit to the United States. He got the upper hand over the president's step-brother, Abdelkrim Deby, who took a more guarded approach.
African Union President Macky Sall, whom the FACT invited to take on a mediator role with N'Djamena in August, is getting back to business on the Chad file. In early October, Sall hosted Djibrill Yipènè Bassolé, Burkina Faso's former foreign minister, who has been very actively seeking an accord between N'Djamena and the rebel groups.
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.