The parliamentary elections are postponed again
The electoral authority postpones the parliamentary elections that should
have been held in December 2020 due to the corona pandemic. The election has
thus been postponed five times since 2015. Reasons stated by President Déby
earlier are that the poor country cannot afford to organize an election and that
the threat from Boko Haram makes an election impossible to carry out. A few
weeks later, October 24, 2021 is set as a new election date. Parliamentary
elections were held at the latest in 2011. At that time, a Déby-friendly
parliament was elected for a four-year term.
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The capital is quarantined
The capital N'Djamena is isolated from the rest of the country in an attempt
to curb the spread of the corona virus, the government announces. Of 117
confirmed cases of corona-infected residents, 115 have been discovered in
N'Djamena. Ten residents have died in covid-19. Travel in and out of the city is
prohibited, face masks must be worn in the city and a nightly curfew is
introduced. At the same time, a large outbreak of measles has hit Chad.
Death penalty for terrorist crimes abolished
Chad abolishes the death penalty for terrorist offenses. For other crimes,
the death penalty was abolished in 2016, but the government then made an
exception for terrorist-related crimes. The most recent execution was carried
out in August 2015 when ten suspected members of Boko Haram were arched. The
legislative amendment is being made in order for Chad to have the same penalty
scale as other countries within the G5 Sahel group, which also includes Burkina
Faso, Niger, Mali and Mauritania. Chad's army is central to G5 Sahel's joint
counter-terrorism force. The force consists of 5,000 men and collaborates with
War zone on Lake Chad
President Déby explains the two departments of Fouli and Kaya on Lake Chad as
war zones. It empowers local authorities to more vigorously respond to attacks
against jihadists. Among other things, the police and military can stop traffic
and transport and do the house search in private homes, both daytime and
About 100 dead when Boko Haram attacks army base
Boko Haram kills nearly 100 Chadian government soldiers during a multi-hour
attack on an army base on an island in Lake Chad. The attack is the deadliest
that the jihadist group has so far carried out against Chad's armed forces. The
wetland areas around Lake Chad are subject to increasingly frequent attacks by
the jihadists. Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon border the vulnerable area.
Measures against coronary pandemic
Chad closes its airports in an attempt to prevent the spread of the new
corona virus, which has caused a pandemic. However, Chadians who are abroad are
allowed to return home, and freight flights are exempted from the ban. The
border crossings to Sudan and the Central African Republic are closed. Chad has
a confirmed case of coronary infection at the time of the decisions.
December parliamentary elections
Chad will hold parliamentary elections on December 13, the country's
electoral authority announces. The election would have been held five years ago,
but has been postponed due to Boko Haram's advances in terror and the poor
security situation that this creates in parts of Chad, especially in the area of
Lake Chad. Elections were held at the latest in 2011. Parliament is dominated
by supporters of President Déby. The electoral movement will start on November
21. In connection with the election, the number of Members in Parliament is
reduced from 188 to 161.
The state of emergency is lifted
The government revokes the state of emergency in northern and eastern Chad
since the level of violence there has dropped significantly. According to
Defense Minister Abali Sala, the government's efforts to combat violence between
farmers and livestock farmers in the Quaddai and Sila regions have been
successful; thousands of weapons were collected from civilians. The state of
emergency was introduced in August 2019. According to President Déby, the
violence escalated due to illegal importation of weapons from conflict zones in
Libya, Central African Republic and Sudan.
Strength is taken home from Nigeria
Chad withdraws its force from 1,200 soldiers from Nigeria, where the Chadian
army has for a month helped the neighboring country to fight Boko Haram.
According to the army management, the mission is completed and the soldiers are
now placed in the area around Lake Chad where jihadists are active.