Chad's leader, in power since 1990, secures 5th term
22 April 2016, 09:28
N'djamena - Chad's electoral commission says President Idriss Deby has won a fifth term as president, defeating more than a dozen challengers.
Provisional results announced late Thursday give Deby, in power since 1990, 61.5% of the April 10 vote. The results need to be ratified by the Constitutional Council.
The announcement came one day after a visit by Samantha Power, US envoy to the United Nations, and top US military officials that highlighted Chad's key role in the fight against Islamic militants in Africa.
The land-locked, impoverished nation is the base for France's military operations in Africa as well as a regional force intended to wipe out the Nigeria-based group Boko Haram.
The opposition withdrew from the electoral commission this week, citing credibility concerns.