With the country of Chad embroiled in fights as the rebels get even closer to the capital demanding reforms, Presidential elections runner up, Albert Pahimi has been appointed as the Prime Minister of the country after the president was killed at the battle line.
Mr Pahimi will take the temporary leadership of the country as the nation continues to seek a way for stability in light of the death of his political rival Idriss Deby.
Chad’s military on Monday named former prime minister Albert Pahimi Padacke, who was runner-up in the Sahel country’s April 11 presidential election, as interim premier.
Pahimi Padacke was the last prime minister under president Idriss Deby Itno, whose shock death in battle against northern rebels triggered the creation of a Transitional Military Council (TMC) headed by his 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Deby.
Deby, who himself came to power in 1990 at the head of a rebel force, had gone to the region to lead the fighting against the Libya-based Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT).
Pahimi Padacke is to head a transitional government whose members will be named or revoked by the new junta leader, the decree said.
“I call on the entire Chadian population to join in a sacred union to save our nation,” Pahimi Padacke said
“I call on all Chadians… to not delay, to not lose time, to join together right away… to lay the groundwork for free and transparent elections within the timetable,” he said, referring to the 18 months pledged by the junta.
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The younger Deby, a four-star general who previously commanded the elite Republican Guard, was named president and head of the TMC and parliament was dissolved — a move branded an “institutional coup” by the opposition.
The junta on Sunday vowed to root out FACT leader Mahamat Mahadi Ali, accusing him of “war crimes” and seeking help from neighbouring Niger to track him down along with his fighters.
The army has “located the enemy spread out in small groups, now regrouping in Niger territory,” said junta spokesman Azem Bermandoa Agouna.
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