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10 Candidates Cleared For Chad Presidential Election

A screengrab captured from a video shows General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, son of late Chadian President Idris Deby Itno. (Photo by Chadian Presidency / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Chad’s electoral authorities have certified ten contenders for this year’s long-awaited presidential elections. They include nominations for temporary President Mahamat Idriss Deby and the country’s newly appointed Prime Minister Succes Masra.

 

The Constitutional Council of the Central African Republic issued the list on Sunday, indicating that outspoken opposition activists Nassour Ibrahim Neguy Koursami and Rakhis Ahmat Saleh would be excluded from running in the elections.”Their applications had been denied because they had “irregularities,” the council’s statement added.

 

It is the first time in Chad’s history that a president and a prime minister will compete in a presidential election, with the first round of voting on May 6 and a provisional second round slated for June 22.

 

The elections are part of Chad’s transition from military dictatorship to democracy. Provisional results are expected on July 7.

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