February 2, 2023

Chadian Ambassador to U.S. Ngote Gali Koutou has great responsibility as nation hopes for transition to democracy

NGOTE GALI KOUTOU, Chad Ambassador to the United States - Photo: Chad Embassy in Washington DC
NGOTE GALI KOUTOU, Chad Ambassador to the United States - Photo: Chad Embassy in Washington DC

Ngote Gali Koutou was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Chad to the United States of America on January 24, 2018.

Ambassador Gali Koutou was born in 1957 in Kyabé, Chad, and has had an extensive career working in several different sectors of Chadian politics.

Previously, he served as director-general of the Société des Hydrocarbures du Tchad, director of the president’s civil cabinet, Director of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet, Director of the Aménagement du Territoire et de la Planification Régionale, and Secretary-General of the Ministry of Economy, Planning, and Cooperation.

Ngote Gali Koutou was appointed as Chad’s ambassador to the United States during the presidency of Idriss Déby who was Chad’s President for over three decades until he was killed in action by rebels in April of 2021.

Following the death of Idriss Déby, his son General Mahamat Déby and other leaders took control of the government and installed a military-led transitional council.

The United States and Chad have had a diplomatic relationship since 1960. However, Chad has faced decades of instability as well as regional conflict. Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the United States issued a travel ban prohibiting the travel of Chadian citizens to the United States for a period of about six months between 2017 and 2018.

The Biden administration has spoken of the importance of establishing the United States as a force for good in the world and standing up for democratic ideals. Now is a critical time in Chad’s politics.

While the transitional council currently in control came to power via what many characterize as a military coup d’etat, General Mahamat Déby promises that the nation will transition toward a free and democratic election.

The relationship between the United States and Chad is as important as ever. Currently, there is a clash of ideologies between democracy and authoritarianism in Chad.

In its 2022 report, Freedom House gave Chad an alarmingly low political rights score of just 1 out of 40, indicating a near complete lack of political freedom. Many fear that General Mahamat Déby may be continuing his father’s legacy of oppression rather than turning over a new leaf in Chadian politics.

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