Tom Erdimi arrived this Friday, September 16 at the end of the morning in N’Djamena aboard an EgyptAir flight and was welcomed in particular by his twin brother, Timan Erdimi, co-founder and commander-in-chief of the Union des forces de resistance (UFR), one of the main rebel movements.
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The UFR, which has long accused the Chadian authorities having “negotiated” with Egypt the arrest and detention of Tom Erdimi, had notably demanded his release for his participation in the Inclusive and Sovereign National Dialogue (DNIS), launched on August 20, but which had a difficult start.
Call for “peace and [à] the reconciliation “
Wearing an ample white boubou, chechia screwed on the head, Tom Erdimi was welcomed by many relatives and sympathizers, in the presence of two members of the government. When he got off the plane, he thanked “the Chadians […] who mobilized” to “facilitate [sa] Liberation” and “in particular” his brother and “the President of the Transitional Military Council”, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno.
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He called for “the peace et [à] reconciliation, in a democratic system”, one month after the start of the work of the DNIS and 15 days before its planned closure. Nothing has filtered to date on the circumstances of Tom Erdimi’s release in Cairo – we only know that he received a pardon from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.
After the announcement of his father’s death, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno promised Chadians and the international community to return power to civilians after “free and democratic elections” after an eighteen-month transition , renewable once, and a major national reconciliation dialogue including all oppositions, political et army.