Affirming that France supported a “peaceful, democratic and inclusive transition” in Chad, Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that he was “not for a succession plan” after the death of President Déby, while his son Mahamat Idriss Déby heads the Transitional Military Council (CMT).
After the death of at least two people on Tuesday in demonstrations against the Chadian military junta which took power after the death of President Idriss Déby, the French president and his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi, temporary president of the African Union (UA), condemned the violence that broke out in Chad.
“We must quickly return to the democratic order”
In a joint statement, the two presidents “call for the cessation of all forms of violence” and “recall their support for an inclusive transition process, open to all Chadian political forces, led by a civil government of national unity and before lead the country to elections within 18 months ”. France and the DRC “reiterate their attachment to the stability and integrity of Chad”, adds the text, which also lends its support “to the support efforts” of the AU.
“We must quickly return to democratic order,” the Congolese president insisted to the press. At least two people were killed on Tuesday in sporadic protests in N’Djamena and southern Chad, called by several opposition parties and civil society organizations against the CMT’s takeover. These gatherings were banned Monday by the government, because “likely to cause disturbances to public order”.