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The United States on Friday night called for a civilian-led transition of power to a democratically elected government in Chad, following the killing of President Idriss Deby last month.
“The U.S. supports the recommendations of the African Union Peace and Security Council regarding Chad, and we join the African Union and our international partners in calling for a peaceful, timely, and civilian-led transition of power to a democratically elected government before October 2022,” U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
The U.S. government said “the Chadian people deserve an inclusive national dialogue where all stakeholders can come together to decide the future of their country.”
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It said Chad’s political transition should include “a new national constitution, a concrete plan and timeline for elections, and support for strong institutions such as a representative National Assembly, an independent judicial system, and a reformed National Independent Electoral Commission.”
“A representative, democratically elected government is the best path to long-term prosperity and stability in Chad and the region.
“The United States has long stood with the people of Chad in advocating for democratic, representative government, and we will continue to support the people of Chad, the African Union, and our international partners in advocating for a timely transition to elected, civilian government.”