Chad appoints former opposition leader as prime minister

Chad’s transitional president General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno on Monday appointed a former leading opposition leader, who recently returned from exile, as prime minister.

Succes Masra, president of The Transformers party, was a long-time opponent of the Deby dynasty but returned to Chad in November after reaching an agreement with its military leaders.

Days before last month’s referendum on a new constitution – which saw 86% of participants vote “yes” – Masra publicly urged supporters to vote in favour, with the outcome now expected to pave the way for elections.

“Doctor Succes Masra is appointed prime minister, head of the transitional government,” general secretary to the presidency Mahamat Ahmat Alabo announced on state TV.

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