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Chad's new military leaders are gathering support

Friday, May 14, 2021

Significance

The Military Transition Council (CMT), which took power after the death of President Idriss Deby on April 20, is gaining greater tacit support from African and other international leaders as it faces significant but not overwhelming opposition at home.

Impacts

  • Deby's son Mahamat will aim to keep most regional troop deployments in place to maintain goodwill with neighbours and international backers.
  • If the transitional authorities avoid sanctions, they could draw on a four-year USD560mn loan agreed with the IMF in January.
  • Rumours that eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar was involved in the rebellion may keep ties with Libya tense.

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