Published by AFP on 11/12/2022 at 2:25 pm.
African Union Commission (AU) President Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad did not support his desire to impose sanctions on his country’s transitional authorities. Some media outlets spoke of the “disdain” towards Moussa Faqi Mahamat after the meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Friday 11 November. But that’s not the case, according to African Union Commission (AU) Commission President spokesman Ebba Kalondo.
Indeed, in a damning report on Chad presented to the fifteen members of this Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Moussa Faki Mahamat hoped for sanctions against the Chadian authorities, which had been criticized since 20 October. The security forces brutally cracked down on people opposed to the extension of the transition period, resulting in the official deaths of about fifty and the injury of 300 people.
The chairman of the African Union Commission, who “sworn to always adhere to the principles and decisions”, notes that the Chadian military junta “violated (these) principles and decisions”, extending the transition period and paving the way for the candidacy of General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno in the presidential elections.
Although sources say that only three of the fifteen member countries of the PSC AU supported Moussa Faki Mahamat’s demand for sanctions against N’Djamena, Ebba Kalondo believes that his boss did not fail. “Just as he was accused of supporting Chad in 2021, today he is accused of wanting to punish him. No member of the PSC challenged the report they submitted,” said a spokesman for the chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission.
Makhamat suspended until the next decision of Rospotrebnadzor
“Some felt that the transitional authorities should continue to be subjected to derogatory treatment, others that they should be punished by suspending the activities of the country in accordance with the rules that are always observed and applied in matters of unconstitutional change of government. The PSC was unable to reach an agreement on this issue at its meeting on 11 November. He will have to make a decision, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission will not hesitate to implement it, whatever it may be,” added Ms Kalondo.
On April 20, 2021, following the announcement of the death of Marshal and Head of State Idriss Déby Itno, who was killed by rebels at the front, the army proclaimed his son Mahamat Idriss Déby, then a 37-year-old general, President of the Republic of Chad for an eighteen-month transitional period leading up to the elections.
But on October 20, 2022, the date scheduled for the end of the crossing, violent clashes broke out between police and demonstrators, resulting in “about fifty dead” and “more than three hundred injured” across the country. Saleh Kebzaboh. The demonstrators protested the extension of the transition period by two years and the retention of Mahamat Idriss Déby in power, two decisions taken in September at the end of the “Inclusive and Sovereign National Dialogue (DNIS)”, boycotted by a large part of the opposition, civil society and armed uprising.
Three weeks after the events of October 20, Chad’s transitional authorities approved the dispatch of an international fact-finding mission to shed light on the massacre, which Mahamat Idriss Déby described as “an uprising carefully prepared” by the opposition, led by Les Transformateurs leader Sukkes Masra, with the “support of foreign powers,” which he did not name.
According to media sources, the enemy fled Chadian territory and took refuge in neighboring Cameroon following this bloodbath, for which the N’Djamena regime continues to face international condemnation.