Chad adopts new Constitution

The Chadian parliament has just adopted the bill of the new constitution wanted by President Idriss Deby Itno.

It is now an integral presidential regime. The mandate of the president goes from 5 to 6 years from 2021.

The primature is thus deleted. All contained in an 84-page document that was submitted and adopted by parliamentary means.

The opposition, members of civil society and the Catholic Church had unsuccessfully asked for the Constitution to be adopted by referendum.

The draft constitutional law came out of the resolutions of a forum gathering political, religious and social forces of the country, held in March but boycotted by the opposition and a part of the civil society.

Idriss Déby is in his fifth term, which ends on August 21, 2021.

Attempted protests took place around the National Assembly on Monday morning after a call from the opposition and some civil society actors.

Chad, a country of about 14 million people, has been headed by President Idriss Déby Itno since 1990.

Legislatures, postponed since 2015, should be held at the end of the year.

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