Idriss Déby expected to win Presidential election today


Chad is holding its presidential election today in which 14 candidates are running including incumbent president, Idriss Déby, who is expected to win.

President Déby and his ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS) has been in power for 25 years after toppling Hissène Habré in a 1990 coup d’état. The Constitution was amended in 2004 to remove the two term limit for presidential terms.

The president’s major challengers are Saleh Kebzabo of the main opposition National Union for Democracy and Renewal (UNDR) and Joseph Djimrangar Dadnadji of the newly formed Popular Action Framework for Republican Solidarity and Unity party.

A candidate must obtain an absolute majority of votes cast to win; if not there will be a second round runoff on 24th April. In 2011 Idriss Déby won in the first round with an astonishing 83.59% of the vote.

Around five million people are eligible to vote.

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