One of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, President Idriss Déby of Chad, who has been in office for 26 years since gaining power in a military coup, is seeking a fifth term in this year’s elections in Chad.

As a country, Chad faces many challenges, including low international prices for its newly found oil and the fight against terrorist operations in neighbouring nations, including Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb region.

Protests and marches against the President have been banned and activists imprisoned in order to quell unrest.

Many Presidential aspirants have likewise been banned from standing for election. Those allowed to stand against the current President include Saleh Kebzabo, leader of the opposition who has ran against Derby twice already.

The national electoral commission has scheduled the announcement of results for 2 weeks.

Author: Yemi Olarinre