Chad: Creation of the position of vice president as main conclusion of the national inclusive forum

Chad: Creation of the position of vice president as main conclusion of the national inclusive forum

The second National Inclusive Forum, organized by the government and tasked with reviewing the new constitution, in place since 2018, ended on Sunday, November 1. The main conclusion of the forum was the creation of the position of vice president. The meeting was boycotted by part of the opposition, the main trade unions and human rights associations.

The second national inclusive forum validated new reforms, including the restoration of the Senate, the Court of Auditors, but above all the creation of the post of vice-president, to the great satisfaction of the head of state.
“In terms of reforms, I note a number of innovations … These include the creation of the vice-presidency,” said Idriss Déby Itno.

For part of the opposition, which accuses Idriss Déby of wanting to perpetuate his reign at the head of Chad, and which did not participate in the forum, the creation of the position of vice president confirms fears about the head of state’s desire to appoint one of his own to the newly created post.

Except that it is unclear whether the future vice president will be elected on the same ticket as the president, who is putting his term back on the line next April. Or if he will be appointed by the head of state, which would be tantamount to a misappropriation of votes, these opponents add.

The inclusive national forum was held from Thursday, October 29 to Sunday, November 1 to evaluate the Constitution in place since 2018. This meeting, which is meant to be inclusive, was criticized in advance by part of the opposition. Some movements were not invited to participate. Since the opening of this forum, the police have cordoned off the seats of some opposition political parties and the homes of their leaders who refused to take part in the meeting not to legitimize the power of Idriss Déby.

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