Union for Renewal and Democracy
Published 29th January, 2011
The URD was founded in 1992 in support of Lt-Gen. Wadel Abdelkader Kamougué. Initially a Minister in 1975, he commanded anti- Habré forces in the 1980s. Kamougué has originally founded the MRP, but left them in the late 1980s to form the URD.
In the 1996 presidential election Kamougué stood as the URDs candidate and came second with 30.91%. In the 2001 presidential election Kamougué stood again and came fourth in the first round with 6.02%.
In the 1997 general election the URD came second with 29 of the 125 seats in the National Assembly. Initially they joined the national coalition government but subsequently sought to distance themselves from Idriss Déby.
In the April 2002 general election the URD won 3 out of 155 seats for the National Assembly.
The URD is a member party of the opposition coalition ‘Coordination of political Parties for the Defence of the Constitution’.