Video Duration 24 minutes 30 seconds
From: Inside Story

Is stability in Chad at risk?

Anger grows against Chad’s interim military council, which took power following President Idriss Deby’s shock death.

Tensions have been high in Chad since the sudden death of President Idriss Deby nearly two weeks ago.

He ruled the impoverished country for nearly 30 years, but was killed while visiting troops fighting rebels.

Deby’s son was immediately announced as his successor, and a military council was set up.

That move was rejected by the opposition, which condemns the army’s takeover as a coup.

And it has since led to more division – at least five people were killed in clashes between protesters and security forces earlier this week.

Civil society groups in Chad are calling for more protests to demand a return to civilian rule.

Some demonstrators say they want to choose their leader freely, while others accuse France of backing the military council against the will of the people.

So, can the crisis be contained?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Ovigwe Eguegu – Geopolitical and security analyst for Afripolitika

Noufal Abboud – Executive director of the Nordic Center for conflict transformation

Nathaniel Powell – Associate researcher at Lancaster University and author of France’s Wars in Chad: Military Intervention and Decolonization in Africa