Chad:Army stays vigilant for rebels

On Friday July 9th, Mahamat Idriss Déby spoke to the leaders of the G5 Sahel and the President of France on the subject of rebels joining the “inclusive National dialogue”

“they must lay down their arms if they want to hope to participate in the democratic debate within the framework of the transition”

Mahamat Idriss Déby, CMT President

That is, if they have a “democratic debate”, CMT President Mahamat Déby recently stated that democracy is too costly for Chad alone to support and that they must rely on foreign sources to fuel democracy on their native turf.

However, this dilemma was apparently recently addressed by the French Republic with heavy budgetary aid.

It should be noted that it would be necessary to release all of the political prisoners to have a truly inclusive national dialogue. So as to give all parties and political figures an equal opportunity to shape the country’s future.

“It should be strongly emphasized that the various so-called rebel groups — previously allies of the Misrata brigade, now allies of General Haftar’s forces, equipped and trained by foreign forces and engaged in cross-border criminal activities since 2017 — do not constitute a political force in itself representing a credible alternative for Chad.”

Mahamat Idriss Déby, CMT President

Meanwhile, the CMT is wary of further rebel attacks despite having “decimated” rebel forces this April. And, is apparently concerned about regrouping of the rebel forces, who do not recognize the CMT as legitimate.

“We remain vigilant for inclinations of resumption of armed offensives on the part of these mercenaries from abroad as well as on the support of the powers or the foreign armed factions”

Mahamat Idriss Déby, CMT President

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Peter Lee

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