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Chad post-Idriss Deby: the big unknown
Head of the chadian National Transitional Council Mahamat Idriss Deby. © Mehdi Chebil/Hans Lucas/Reuters

Chad post-Idriss Deby: the big unknown

In April 2021, following the death in combat of Idriss Deby, Chad's all-powerful leader who ruled over the country for over three decades, his son Mahamat Idriss Deby known as "Kaka" took over at the head of the National Transitional Council. A year later, with the threat of rebellion hanging over N'Djamena, the country remains more split than ever. In an attempt to bridge the divide, Kaka has been trying to engage with his father's opponents, lately in Qatar since 13 March. But this is no easy task in the context of shifting regional alliances and the talks with the opposition's armed groups have been dragging on, casting a doubt on the general election set for the end of 2022.

Head of the chadian National Transitional Council Mahamat Idriss Deby. © Mehdi Chebil/Hans Lucas/Reuters
Left: The meeting between Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Mahamat Idriss Déby on 31 March. Right: Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
Left: The meeting between Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Mahamat Idriss Déby on 31 March. Right: Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo. © Presidence.td - @GeneralDagllo/Twitter

Unease in Khartoum and N'Djamena as Kaka, Hemeti and Wagner dance a three-step 

Domestic political agendas are in the process of remodelling the regional balance of power between Sudan and Chad while, in the neighbouring Central African Republic, the role of Wagner, which is an ally of Sudan but hostile to Chad, is raising questions. [...]

CHAD Politics 14/04/2022
The opening of the preliminary talks between the Chadian transitional govtand the political/military movements, 13 March 2022, in Doha.
The opening of the preliminary talks between the Chadian transitional govtand the political/military movements, 13 March 2022, in Doha. © ONU Tchad/Twitter

Behind the scenes on parallel talks in Chad peace process 

With the utmost discretion, the Chadian government has sent a team of generals to Doha to try to garner support within the rebels. One of their key targets is Timan Erdimi, nephew to the late Idriss Déby and a powerful figure among the Chadian rebellions of the last two decades. [...]

CHAD Politics 02/11/2021
The president of the Transitional Military Council, Mahamat Idriss Deby (left) and the African Union (AU) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat.
The president of the Transitional Military Council, Mahamat Idriss Deby (left) and the African Union (AU) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat. © Chadian presidency/African Union Commission

Chad interim rulers mull strategies for staying in power post-transition 

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. [...]

CHAD FRANCE GERMANY Diplomacy 07/10/2021
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was received by French President Emmanuel Macron on 16 September 2021 at the Elysée Palace.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was received by French President Emmanuel Macron on 16 September 2021 at the Elysée Palace. © Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Macron engineers rapprochement between Déby family and Merkel 

Germany has been highly critical in recent years of N'Djamena and the Déby regime, but in late September it shifted its foreign policy to supporting the transition process, and Angela Merkel has even spoken by telephone with Mahamat Idriss Déby. [...]

CHAD Diplomacy 22/09/2021
Chad's transitional president Mahamat Idriss Déby (centre) is greeted by Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival in Doha on 12 September 2021.
Chad's transitional president Mahamat Idriss Déby (centre) is greeted by Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival in Doha on 12 September 2021. © Presidency of the Republic of Chad

Kaka's Doha task force to focus on Erdimi, Glencore, embassy 

The visit of Chad's interim president to Doha last week sped up the appointment of officials to the Chadian embassy there, which in recent years had been run by a chargé d'affaires. With many topics to cover, the embassy is likely to be busy over the next few months. [...]

SUDAN CHAD LIBYA Diplomacy 17/09/2021
Chadian Transitional Military Council (TMC) President Mahamat Idriss Déby (right) meeting with Vice President Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, in late August 2021.
Chadian Transitional Military Council (TMC) President Mahamat Idriss Déby (right) meeting with Vice President Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, in late August 2021. © Presidency of the Republic of Chad

Mahamat Déby's Herculean labours to secure Chad's borders  Free

The Transitional Military Council first secured the country's left flank by sealing a pact with Niger's President Mohamed Bazoum, and is now hoping to consolidate its western and northern borders in the face of the persistent threat of rebel attacks. [...]

CHAD SAHEL Diplomacy 07/07/2021
Chadian leader Mahamat Idriss Deby and French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of the state funeral of late Chadian president Idriss Deby in N'Djamena, Chad, 23 April 2021.
Chadian leader Mahamat Idriss Deby and French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of the state funeral of late Chadian president Idriss Deby in N'Djamena, Chad, 23 April 2021. © Christophe Petit Tesson/POOL/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP

Chad feels let down by EU and France as it battles on the Sahel and Libyan fronts 

As it ramps up its air operations against rebel groups in Libya at the same time as battling in the Sahel amid France's military drawdown there, Chad reckons France and the EU are falling short in their support. [...]

Focus CHAD Politics 14/06/2021
Mahamat Idriss Deby delivering a message at the presidential palace in N'Djamena on 27 April 2021.
Mahamat Idriss Deby delivering a message at the presidential palace in N'Djamena on 27 April 2021. © Brahim Adji/Tchad Presidential Palace/AFP

The unauthorised life story of "Kaka", N'Djamena's new strongman 

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. [...]

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