The head of the junta, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, kicked off the “inclusive and sovereign national dialogue” (DNIS) on August 20 in N’Djamena, boycotted by certain armed groups and members of civil society. It must lead to “free and democratic” elections and the transfer of power to civilians. More than 500 people, out of the 1,400 dialogue delegates, applied to join the presidium, made up of 21 members. They were appointed by the members of the organizing committee of the inclusive national dialogue (Codni).
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Gali Ngothé Gatta, candidate at presidential election in 2016 against former head of state Idriss Déby Itno, was elected head of the presidium. “He is the man for the job, he is a politician of great experience, who has already been a minister”, declared Saleh Kebzabo, former presidential candidate and opponent of Idriss Déby Itno, first vice-president of the Codni.
« Monologue » ?
But when the composition of this body was announced, many delegates stood up and shouted in protest. “We were criticized for not including enough Arabians on the list,” said Saleh Kebzabo. “We contest the establishment of this office. As things are going, we are not ready and we are calling on Mahamat Idriss Déby to remedy this, otherwise we will not participate in this dialogue, ”warned Gilbert Maoundonodji, member of civil society.
“Apart from the president, the other members of the presidium are rather on the same political side, the games are made in advance, which is why we have decided to leave the dialogue”, declared for his part Djerandi Laguerre Dionro, door -voice of 11 professional federations which took part in the dialogue, including those lawyers and doctors. “We let them continue their monologue,” he concluded.
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In a press release, several small political parties had threatened, on Saturday August 27, to withdraw from the dialogue, denouncing “manoeuvres aimed at undermining the success of this dialogue so long awaited by the Chadian people”. The work of the commissions, whose themes include social issues, peace, national reconciliation or even fundamental freedoms, should begin on August 30. The initial schedule foresees a closing ceremony on 20 September.
Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno came to power in April 2021 following his father, Idriss Déby Itno, who died at the front against the rebels. The new strongman of the country, at the head of a Transitional Military Council (TMC), has promised elections at the end of an eighteen-month transition period – supposed to end in October – assuring that he wouldn’t show up. But in June 2021, he took the first blow of the penknife to his promises, by considering an eighteen-month extension of the transition and by handing over his “destiny” to “God” on a possible candidacy for the presidential.