Chad Leader Says TMC Not Staying In Power Forever

Mahatma Idriss Deby has once again assured Chadians that the TMC will vanquish power soon.

The leader of Chad’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Mahatma Idriss Deby, says the TMC is not there to confiscate power nor would it remain in power for eternity.

The TMC leader declared during a meeting on Thursday, May 27, 2021, with leaders of political parties and civil society associations.

The TMC maintained that “confidence and responsibility must take pride of place among all during this crucial phase of our history.”

He said all Chadians “must engage and work without calculations of egoistic interests and with the belief in our common future in order to together meet all the challenges linked to the success of the transition.”

The Chadian military leader also appealed to the “high sense of responsibility of everyone of us to preserve the calm, serenity, stability and the peace which at this moment prevails in our country by avoiding all attitudes and comportment that would make us deviate or fall back in the historic march which we have started together through the transition in progress.”

He said citizens’ expectations were numerous and failure was not an option.

There is nothing that cannot be at our reach, being conscious of our common destiny and prioritising dialogue, open spirit, mutual understanding and the common strong-will to put the high interests of our nation above all other considerations.”


Two weeks after the adoption of the political programme of the transitional government, the TMC has announced the next actions of members of government.

“Efforts are underway to make public, within the shortest delay, its roadmap giving each one of its members a precise mission, limited in time and space in a way to achieve the objectives assigned to this government,” he announced.

Deby said one of the objectives assigned to the government is to assemble Chadians around a table to discuss the ills hampering development and to permit the evolution of the country.

“No political nor politico-military entity, no civil society organization, no corporation nor competent individuals resolutely and sincerely engaged in the path of dialogue would be excluded from the gathering that would determine the future of the country,” the TMC leader said adding that, he was conscious of the consequences and frustrations that arise from exclusion.

He called on all compatriots within and outside the country to each bring their piece of contribution towards the national unity and development of Chad.

One of the most important points discussed during Thursday’s meeting was the formation of the National Transitional Council (NTC) which would serve as the legislative organ of the country.

Deby announced that the setting up of the Council would be the object of “intense consultations of all the parties concerned.”

The Chadian leader revealed that an ad-hoc committee presided over by the Vice President of the TMC and comprising of “members from different horizons” would be put in place to “receive, analyse and submit to us the different candidatures on the basis of clearly defined criteria, with a view to forming a veritable National Transitional Council (NTC) representative of all the living forces of the nation.”

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