Call it hypocrisy, call it two-facedness, but Chad’s President Idriss Deby plans to reintroduce term limits if he wins a fifth term in office. The world has always criticized African leaders for wanting to stay in power forever; Mr Deby wants to right the wrong.
Following his military overthrow of Hissène Habré in December 1990, Déby won presidential elections in 1996 and 2001. But so he could extend his stay in power, Deby repealed the provision in the country’s 1996 constitution which limited presidential terms of office to two after winning a referendum allowing him to stand for a third term. Now running for the fifth time, the Chadian leader wants the limit to return.
“Today nothing requires us to remain in a system where changing leaders becomes difficult … In 2005 the constitutional reform was conducted in a context where the life of the nation was in danger,” Deby said, defending his removal of term limits.
Chad’s presidential elections will be held on April 10, 2016 and Deby’s ruling MPS has been tipped to win again. At the last election in 2011, MPS garnered 88.66 percent of total votes, followed by National Rally for Democracy in Chad (believed to be in alliance with the ruling party) with 6.03 percent and Socialist Alliance for Integral Renewal with 5.32 percent. Major opposition parties have often boycotted elections.