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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.

- AP


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