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Chad’s Former Ruling Party Says Members Of New Govt Should Not Contest Future Elections

MPS, the political party of late Chadian President, Idriss Deby Itno, has asked the TMC to preclude its members from contesting elections.

Chad’s former ruling party, the Mouvement Patriotique du Salut (MPS) has said it has taken note of the formation of a new transitional government in the country but demands that members of the military council should not be eligible during post-transitional elections.

After observing 14 days of national mourning in memory of late President Idriss Deby Itno who also doubled as MPS leader, the party’s political bureau met Tuesday, May 4, and took a number of resolutions.

In a communique signed by Mahamat Zen Bada,  the Secretary-General of the party, the former ruling party reiterated its support for the Transitional Military Council (TMC).

It, however, demanded the introduction in the transitional charter of a disposition banning the Prime Minister and members of the transitional government from contesting future elections.

Meanwhile, the head of the TMC, General Mahamat Idriss Deby on Tuesday, received a delegation of the Chadian Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture, Mines and Artisanal, and big business bosses.

During the meeting, General Deby assured the delegation of the good climate of business in the country.

“All pessimism should be kept away. The country would continue its irreversible march towards emergence,” the junta leader assured the delegation adding that “all dispositions have been taken for the exercise of business as well as the protection of persons and their goods.”

On their part, the representatives of the business community presented their condolences to the Chadian people on the death of President Deby and congratulated the political class for their foresightedness leading to the formation of a transitional government.

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