In N’Djamena, the capital of Tchad the President since 2nd December 1990 is now known as the Field Marshal (maréchal) of Tchad, Idriss Déby Itno, the President of the Republic and the head of state (chef d’État).
This man with so many titles is now running for a sixth term. A man who has made it impossible for the opposition to run or be viable. The ones who dissent gets into trouble and the state keeps things under wraps. That is what the state does and keeps everything close to the chest of the President.
Déby Itno isn’t playing around. He has gathered the control and become the personification of the state. He has given himself such vast titles and roles. That is why everyone knows this election on the 11th April 2021 is already fixed. The President will have his sixth term rather people like it or not.
We know it doesn’t stop here as by law he can run for the 7th and 8th Term as well. Also, the new constitution in 2018 have given every term one more year. So, the previous terms was 5 years and now it will be 6 years. This means he got more time in office. It can practically end in 2033.
We know this sort of game and Déby Itno and by the means of the law. The President will extend into 2033 and means he will rule another 12 years. So, the President of 31 years is aiming for 43 years. That is the reality of it all.
The election happening this weekend isn’t really an election. There is no real competition and challengers. The opposition haven’t a chance and that’s the works of the President. Who is making sure they cannot manage or have any sort of ability to become a danger to his power.
The Field Marshal, Head of State and President is clearly never letting go. This is a man who intends to stay and wouldn’t let this one pass. The President will keep all power and be in office. There is no other fitting for this role and in Tchad, Déby Itno is the man.
So, in Tchad, Idriss Déby Itno is the Field Marshal and President for life. Peace.