AU calls for an end to military rule in Chad


The African Union has called for an end to military rule in Chad, whose president was killed by rebels.

The army immediately announced that Idriss Déby’s son would head a military council for 18 months before elections were held.

Former colonial power France, which has a large military base in Chad, appeared to back the takeover for stability.

Opposition parties have also condemned what they called a dynastic coup.

Trade union have called for a general strike, while rebel group said Chad was not a monarchy.

The African Union’s Peace and Security Council voiced concern about the military takeover which put 37-year-old General Mahamat Déby Itno in charge and saw parliament dissolved.


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