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Independent AfricaChadian Prime Minister announces presidential bid

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Chadian Prime Minister announces presidential bid

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Chadian junta-appointed Prime Minister, Succès Masra, has declared his intention to run for the presidency, a move that follows interim president Mahamat Déby’s announcement of his candidacy a week earlier.

Masra, a former opposition leader who later reconciled with Déby upon returning from exile, officially assumed the position of prime minister in January.

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Speaking at a rally on Sunday, Masra emphasized his aspiration to foster unity among the people and “heal hearts.”

However, the opposition has criticized Masra’s decision to run, labeling it as a tactical maneuver to give the impression of democracy in an election where Déby is widely expected to emerge victorious.

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Max Kemkoye, the spokesperson for a coalition of opposition parties known as GCAP, condemned Masra’s candidacy as a “charade,” designed to complement the existing military leadership.

Déby’s primary rival, opposition leader Yaya Dillo, was killed in a clash with security forces on February 28, accused by the government of orchestrating a deadly attack on the country’s security agency—an allegation Dillo vehemently denied.

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Dillo was widely regarded as Déby’s main challenger in the upcoming election.

Déby assumed leadership in Chad following the death of his father at the hands of rebels, ending a three-decade-long rule.

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