Deby confirmed winner of Chad polls

Idriss Deby has been confirmed as the winner of Chad's presidential elections.

    Idriss Deby won 77.5% of the vote

    Announcing the result on Sunday, Ahmat Mahamat Bachir, the president of Chad's Independent National Election Commission, said Deby won the May 3 election with 77.5% of the vote, handing him a third five-year term as president of the central African oil producer.

    Despite a rebel attack on the capital, N'Djamena, three weeks before the polls, Deby's re-election was widely considered a formality after opposition parties boycotted the election, calling it a farce.

    Western diplomats had reported a low, unenthusiastic participation at the polls which appeared to hand Deby only a shaky mandate, but Bachir said t

    urnout was 61%.

    Rebels who launched the April 13 attack on N'Djamena, in which hundreds of people were killed, have already rejected Deby's offer of dialogue.

    Deby, 54, a French-trained pilot, has ruled Chad since his Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS) rebel group seized power in a revolt.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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