Chad : ‘My father would be proud of me,’ says President Mahamat Déby

Chad’s new head of state Mahamat Idriss Déby finally agreed to grant an interview. He discussed the circumstances surrounding the death of his father, Marshal Idriss Déby Itno, his personal plans and those for the country as well as his relationships with his siblings.

When asked whether he would prefer to appear on the cover of sister Jeune Afrique as a soldier or a civilian, Chad’s President Mahamat Idriss Déby smiled slyly and then replied “both”. This is a way for Déby to avoid an obvious trap, as he knows that Chadians and the international community are closely scrutinising him.

If he were to pose in a boubou, he would be accused of intentionally ‘civilianising’ himself before the presidential election, which will mark the end of the transitional period.

On the other hand, if he were to don a uniform, he would be forever enshrined in his politically incorrect status as a four-star praetorian and self-proclaimed successor to his father since 21 April.

By François Soudan

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